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American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics


    Emerging Principles in Fast Trajectory Optimization

    Course Instructor:

    I. Michael Ross is a Professor and Program Director of Control and Optimization at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. He leads a group of faculty, research associates, postdoctoral fellows, GS staff and graduate students towards advancing and applying efficient methods for trajectory optimization. A Fellow of the AAS, Ross received the 2010 AIAA Mechanics and Control of Flight Award for “… fundamentally changing the landscape of flight mechanics …”. He is the author of DIDO, the first object-oriented software for solving optimal control problems. From 1999 to 2001, he was a Visiting Associate Professor at Draper Labs during which time he introduced pseudospectral methods for solving nonlinear trajectory design and control problems in the areas of launch and entry guidance, attitude control and inertial navigation. The Founding Book Review Editor for the Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics, Ross has served on several AIAA committees and has taught short courses at Draper Laboratory, NASA and various DoD organizations.

    Dr. Gong is an assistant professor at the Dept. of Applied Mathematics and Statistics, University of California, Santa Cruz. Before that, he was a research scientist at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas at San Antonio and Department of Mechanical and Astronautical Engineering at Naval Postgraduate School. He received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Case Western Reserve University in 2004. Dr. Gong's research interests include computational optimal control, trajectory optimization, robust and adaptive control of nonlinear systems, real-time optimal control and their industry applications. Dr. Gong received Research Associateship Award from National Research Council in 2004.