Kevin Jordan Awarded $7.8 Million

Grant to fund a three-year cooperative agreement with Army Aviation Development Directorate

Kevin Jordan of San José State University

Kevin Jordan has been awarded a $7.8 million grant that will fund a three-year cooperative agreement between the Army Aviation Development Directorate (ADD) at the NASA Ames Research Center and the Psychology Department at San José State University.  The proposed research will fill knowledge gaps in the areas of adaptive autonomy, future lift systems, and human-centered display design. The work will be carried out in collaboration with Army scientists in the autonomous rotorcraft, flight controls, and human-systems interface technical areas, respectively, within ADD.

Dr. Jordan and his research team will also seek to apply models of flight control to aid in predicting the response characteristics of current and future unmanned rotorcraft such as helicopters. This knowledge can then be applied to address specific problems in a variety of aerospace settings. By understanding the effectiveness of machine vision technologies and advanced obstacle field navigation algorithms, researchers can improve the robustness and reliability of guidance and control laws for autonomous rotorcraft flight through unfamiliar airspace, as well as landing in unfamiliar and often hostile terrain. (Pictured: Principal Investigator Kevin Jordan.)