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UNSY 610 : Unmanned Systems Autonomy and Automation

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College of Aeronautics (WAERO)
Unmanned Systems Autonomy and Automation
This course provides students with an opportunity to examine the benefits, limitations, and capabilities of autonomous control technology and support for unmanned systems. The student will examine and evaluate elements, components, technology, and processing methods associated with autonomous and semi-autonomous operation of unmanned systems. The content of the course includes supported capabilities, reference framework, man-machine collaboration, cognitive capability, interaction and manipulation, allocation of functions and responsibilities, high-level tradeoffs, limitations, and associated advancements. This course prepares students to better understand the implications and capabilities associated with autonomy in unmanned systems. It will include examinations of associated technology, programming, processing, and interoperability required to understand the application of autonomy and automation.

This course is designed to provide the student with a detailed understanding of the design, application, and integration of autonomy and automation into unmanned systems. The student will understand the unique features, concepts, and technology employed, including degrees of autonomy, mission or task application, system design tradeoffs, capture and processing of requisite inputs, path planning and control determination, and technical issues. The regulatory and technical challenges of implementing autonomy will also be presented with a focus on exploring methods to further examine or solve these issues. The student will consider current challenges and research, evaluate, recommend, and defend possible solutions to address. Upon completion of this course, students will have a comprehensive understanding of the considerations, benefits, limitations, issues, and strategies for successful implementation of autonomy and automation to support unmanned system design and operations.

Upon course completion, the student will be able to:1. Evaluate the use of manual, semi-autonomous, and autonomous control2. Select types of missions or tasks supportable using autonomy3. Analyze the elemental components of an autonomous control system4. Appraise the interoperability necessary to support autonomous operation5. Formulate how logical programming is used in autonomous control or operation6. Construct requirements associated with autonomous unmanned system operation7. Contrast strategies for achieving autonomous control for various platforms based on the operational environment, issues, and availability of new technology, methods, processes, or concepts8. Appraise the design or selection of autonomous control and interaction elements and their appropriateness to perform unmanned missions or tasks in a safe, efficient, and effective manner9. Construct specification requirements of an unmanned system autonomous control subsystem design10. Develop an autonomous control 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.
Michael Millard - 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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