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UNSY 605 : Unmanned Systems Sensing, Perception, and Processing

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College of Aeronautics (WAERO)
Unmanned Systems Sensing, Perception, and Processing
This course provides a detailed examination of the sensing, perception, and processing of exteroceptive and proprioceptive data for unmanned systems. The student will examine and evaluate elements, components, technology, and processing methods associated with internal and external (payload) sensing systems. The content of the course includes identifying types of sensors, operational requirements, capture and format of data, feedback, control, depiction of state, and processing. This course prepares students to integrate environmental and state sensing into unmanned systems. It will include examinations of sensor selection, application, payload considerations, processing, and the latest technology advancements.

This course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of hardware and software design, integration, and usage associated with sensing technology, capture, and processing in unmanned system. The student will understand and demonstrate the selection, placement, dependencies, considerations, and limitations of sensors on unmanned platforms. The student will examine use of unmanned systems and appropriate sensor configurations to perform specific tasks or applications, including the necessary processing and depiction of captured data. Application of sensor technology, data capture, and process will be demonstrated as it relates to associated unmanned systems, including sensor fusion and sense-and-avoid for ground and aerial based sensing systems. Upon completion of this course, students will have a comprehensive understanding of the terminology, concepts, components, and applicability towards unmanned system design and operation.

Upon course completion, the student will be able to:1. Evaluate various sensor types, supporting conditions for use, limitations, and advantages.2. Assess the differences between proprioceptive and exteroceptive sensing, identifying benefits and limitations3. Hypothesize considerations for sensor placement and integration4. Analyze sensor data formats5. Compare processing and depiction options for captured sensor data6. Formulate a strategy to implement post-processing or pre-processing of captured sensor data7. Appraise the design or selection of sensing and processing elements and the appropriateness to perform unmanned missions or tasks in a safe, efficient, and effective manner8. Contrast alternative sensing and processing options for unmanned systems based on the operational environment, issues, and availability of new technology, methods, processes, or concepts9. Construct specification requirements of an unmanned system sensing and processing subsystem design10. Develop a sensing and processing subsystem design or configuration to support an unmanned system application, management practice, or operational policy, incorporating new technology, methods, processes, or concepts, and communicate final recommendation to other stakeholders11. Demonstrate appropriate selection and application of a research method and statistical analysis (where required), specific to the course subject matter.

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Undergraduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
60 - 69% D
0 - 60% F

Graduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
0 - 69% F
Written and oral communication, as well as computer skills are emphasized in each course offered throughout the Worldwide Campus.
Timothy Houston - 4/1/2015
Dr. Brent Terwilliger - 4/1/2015
Dr. Ian McAndrew - 4/1/2015
Dr. Kenneth Witcher - 4/1/2015
1-6 Master of Science in Unmanned Systems PO #1: Analyze the fundamentals of unmanned systems, including the technological, social, environmental, and political aspects of the system to examine, compare, analyze and recommend conclusions

PO #2: Compare and contrast current unmanned system issues, identify contributing factors, and formulate strategies to address or further investigate

PO #3: Recognize, evaluate, and recommend the incorporation of new technologies, methods, processes, or concepts with current unmanned system applications, management practices, or operational policies

PO #4: Critically justify and validate unmanned system design configurations to support safe, efficient, and effective operations in applicable domains (air, space, ground, and maritime), including assessing appropriateness of major elemental components; evaluating limitations and constraints; formulating theory of operation; and supporting perceived need

PO #5: Effectively communicate concepts, designs, theories, and supporting material with others in the unmanned systems field

PO #6: Investigate a current unmanned systems research problem; complete a thorough review of the scholarly literature; formulate hypotheses; collect and appropriately analyze data; and, interpret and report research findings to improve the field of unmanned systems or to provide solutions to an unmanned systems application problem
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