Island University Professor Updates NASA, Aerospace Industry, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers on UAS

December 01, 2014

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Dr. Luis Rodolfo Garcia Carrillo, Assistant Professor of Engineering, presented on the innovative Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) on Nov. 21, 2014, at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Galveston Bay Section (IEEE-GBS) monthly meeting, with special guests from NASA, professionals in aerospace industries, and students from the University of Houston. Garcia-Carrillo believes that a UAS network will be more effective than a single UAS because of the advanced technology.

UAS are poised to change the way data is gathered for a variety of fields. Each system can be set up with specific technology and equipment based on mission needs. For example, UAS can be equipped with:

  • cameras that can help in search-and rescue missions, surveying disaster areas or accident scenes,
  • sensors which helps maneuver the aircraft,
  • range finders that help in calculating distance from the aircraft’s target to its distance,
  • radio Frequency (RF) transceivers that help in communication with possible search and rescue teams or air traffic control, and
  •  lasers, and GPS for mapping coastlines to observe changes over time and inventorying wildlife, habitats, agriculture and pipelines through remote areas,

Garcia Carrillo, who is director of the Unmanned Systems Laboratory at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, discussed many aspects including:

  • general design and development of the UAS,
  • challenges when using this specific type of robot,
  • real life experimental applications like relative positioning and navigation,
  • the imagery sensor, and
  • a control strategy which would enable the radio frequencies to track using.

Garcia Carrillo received a bachelor’s degree in Electronic Engineering in 2003, and a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering in 2007, both from the Institute of Technology of La Laguna in Coahuila, Mexico. He received the Ph.D. degree in Control Systems from the University of Technology of Compiegne, France, in 2011.