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Jack Langelaan

Associate Professor
DIRECTOR OF GRADUATE PROGRAMS

Affiliation(s):

  • Aerospace Engineering

229 Hammond Building

jwl16@psu.edu

814-863-6817

Personal or Departmental Website

Research Areas:

Autonomous Flight and UAVs, Vehicle Dynamics and Controls

Interest Areas:

Sensor fusion and estimation, control and path planning for autonomous vehicles and robots. Autonomous mobility in cluttered terrain. Cooperative estimation by teams of autonomous robots or distributed sensor networks. Autonomous soaring flight.

 
 

 

Education

  • BS, Engineering Physics, Queen's University at Kingston, 1992
  • MS, Aeronautics and Astronautics, University of Washington, 1994
  • Ph D, Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University, 2006

Publications

Book, Chapters

  • Jacob Langelaan, 2016, Power Generation and Energy Management
  • Jacob Langelaan, 2009, Trajectory Planning for Autonomous Soaring

Journal Articles

  • Nicholas Grande, Shane Tierney, Joseph F Horn and Jacob Langelaan, 2016, "Safe Autorotation through Wind Shear via Backwards Reachable Sets", Journal of the American Helicopter SocietyAmerican Helicopter Society, 61, (2)
  • Thanan Yomchinda, Joseph F Horn and Jack W Langelaan, 2016, "Modified Dubins Parameterization for Aircraft Emergency Trajectory Planning", Journal of Aerospace Engineering
  • Jason G Mandell, Jacob Langelaan, Andrew G Webb and Steven J Schiff, 2015, "Volumetric Brain Analysis in Neurosurgery: Part 1. Particle filter segmentation of brain and cerebrospinal fluid growth dynamics using MRI and CT images", Journal of Neurosurgery Pediatrics
  • Jacob Langelaan, Anjan Chakrabarty, Aijun Deng, Kirk Miles, Vid Plevnik, Jure Tomazic, Tine Tomazic and Gregor Veble, 2013, "The Green Flight Challenge: Aircraft Design and Flight Planning for Extreme Fuel Efficiency", Journal of Aircraft, 50, pp. 832-846
  • Tine Tomazic, Vid Plevnik, Gregor Veble, Jure Tomazic, Franc Popit, Saso Kolar, Radivoj Kikelj, Jacob Langelaan and Kirk Miles, 2012, "Pipistrel Taurus G4: on Creation and Evolution of the Winning Aeroplane of NASA Green Flight Challenge 2011", Strojniski vestnik - Journal of Mechanical Engineering, 57, (12), pp. 869-878
  • Sean Quinn Marlow and Jack W. Langelaan, 2011, "Local Terrain Mapping for Obstacle Avoidance using Monocular Vision", Journal of the American Helicopter Society, 56, (2)
  • Anjan Chakrabarty and Jack W. Langelaan, 2011, "Energy-based Long-Range Path Planning for Soaring-capable UAVs", Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics, 34, (4), pp. 1002-1015
  • Jack W. Langelaan, Nicholas J. Alley and James Neidhoefer, 2011, "Wind Field Estimation for Mini- and Micro-Unmanned Aerial Vehicles", 34, (4), pp. 1016-1030
  • Jack W. Langelaan, 2011, "A Gust Soaring Controller for Small Gliders", Journal of Technical Soaring, 25, (2), pp. 48-60
  • Jeffrey B. Corbets and Jack W. Langelaan, 2010, "Real Time Trajectory Generation for Target Localization using Micro Air Vehicles", AIAA Journal of Aerospace Computing, Information and Communication, 7, pp. 223-240
  • Jack W. Langelaan and Nicholas Roy, 2009, "Enabling New Missions for Robotic Aircraft", Science, 326
  • Jack W. Langelaan, 2009, "Gust Energy Extraction for Small- and Micro-Unmanned Aerial Vehicles", AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics, 32, (2), pp. 464-473
  • Jack W. Langelaan, 2007, "State Estimation for Autonomous Flight in Cluttered Environments", Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics, 30, (5)
  • Jacob Langelaan and E. Livne, 1997, "Analytic Sensitivities and Design Oriented Structural Analysis for Airplane Fuselage Shape Synthesis", Computers and Structures, 62, (3), pp. 505-519

Conference Proceedings

  • John J Bird and Jacob Langelaan, 2017, "Design Space Exploration for Hybrid Solar/Soaring Aircraft"
  • Jacob Langelaan, Sven Schmitz, Jose Palacios and Ralph D Lorenz, 2017, "Energetics of rotary-wing exploration of Titan"
  • Junyi Geng and Jacob Langelaan, 2017, "A Quasi Polar Local Occupancy Grid Approach for Vision-based Obstacle Avoidance"
  • Kshitij Jerath and Jacob Langelaan, 2016, "Simulation framework for incorporating sensor systems in UAS conceptual design", pp. 8
  • Jacob Enciu, Joseph F Horn and Jacob Langelaan, 2015, "Formation Control of a Rotorcraft Multi-Lift System"
  • Nathan T Depenbusch, Constantino M Lagoa and Jack W Langelaan, 2014, "Random geometric graphs as a model for bounding the endurance of soaring aircraft", IEEE, Piscataway, NJ, USA
  • J Bird, Jack W Langelaan, Corey Montella, John Spletzer and Joachim Grenestedt, 2014, "Closing the Loop in Dynamic Soaring", AIAA, Reston, VA, USA
  • Z Li, Jack W Langelaan and Joseph F Horn, 2014, "Coordinated Transport of a Slung Load by a Team of Autonomous Rotorcraft", AIAA, Reston, VA, USA
  • K Cheng and Jack W Langelaan, 2014, "Guided Exploration for Coordinated Autonomous Soaring Flight", AIAA, Reston, VA, USA
  • S Daugherty and Jack W Langelaan, 2014, "Improving Autonomous Soaring via Energy State Estimation and Extremum Seeking Control", AIAA, Reston, VA, USA
  • D Makovkin and Jack W Langelaan, 2014, "Optimal Persistent Surveillance using Coordinated Soaring", AIAA, Reston, VA, USA
  • N. Depenbusch and Jack W. Langelaan, 2013, "Minimum Risk Planning for Teams of Unmanned Air Vehicles", Proceedings of the 2013 Infotech@Aerospace Conference
  • A. Chakrabarty and Jack W. Langelaan, 2013, "UAV Flight Path Planning in Time Varying Complex Wind-fields", Proceedings of the American Controls Conference
  • B. Truskin and Jack W. Langelaan, 2013, "Vision-based Deck State Estimation for Autonomous Ship-board Landing", Proceedings of the American Helicopter Society 69th Annual Forum
  • N. Grande and Jack W. Langelaan, 2013, "Safe Autonomous Flare and Landing during Autorotation through Wind Shear", Proceedings of the American Helicopter Society 69th Annual Forum
  • Y. Song, Joseph F. Horn, ZuQun Li and Jack W. Langelaan, 2013, "Modeling, Simulation and Nonlinear Control of a Rotorcraft Mulit-lift System", Proceedings of the American Helicopter Society 69th Annual Forum
  • J. F. Quindlen and Jacob Langelaan, 2013, "Flush Air Data Sensing for Soaring-capable UAVs", 51st AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting including the New Horizons Forum and Aerospace Exposition
  • T. Yomchinda, Nick Grande, Joseph F. Horn and Jack W. Langelaan, 2013, "Development and Testing of an Autonomous Autorotation System", AHS International Specialists' Meeting on Unmanned Rotorcraft
  • Jacob Langelaan, J. Spletzer, C. Montella and J. Grenestedt, 2012, "Wind field estimation for autonomous dynamic soaring", 2012 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, pp. 7
  • T. Yomchinda, J. F. Horn and Jacob Langelaan, 2011, "Flight Path Planning for Descent-phase Helicopter Autorotation", AIAA Guidance, Navigation and Controls Conference
  • Sean Quinn Marlow and Jack W. Langelaan, 2010, "Dynamically Sized Occupancy Grids for Obstacle Avoidance", Proceedings of the AIAA Guidance, Navigation and Control Conference
  • Anjan Chakrabarty and Jack W. Langelaan, 2010, "Flight Path Planning for UAV Atmospheric Energy Harvesting Using Heuristic Search", Proceedings of the AIAA Guidance, Navigation and Control Conference
  • Nathan T. Depenbusch and Jack W. Langelaan, 2010, "Receding Horizon Control for Atmospheric Energy Harvesting by Small UAVs", Proceedings of the AIAA Guidance, Navigation and Control Conference
  • Jack W. Langelaan, Nicholas Alley and James Neidhoefer, 2010, "Wind Field Estimation for Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles", Proceedings of the AIAA Guidance, Navigation and Control Conference
  • Adam J. Dean, Jack W. Langelaan and Sean N. Brennan, 2010, "Improvements in Terrain-based Road Vehicle Localization by initializing an Unscented Kalman Filter using Particle Filters", Proceedings of the American Controls Conference
  • Anjan Chakrabarty and Jack W. Langelaan, 2009, "Energy Maps for Long-Range Path Planning for Small- and Micro-UAVs", Proceedings of the AIAA Guidance, Navigation and Control Conference
  • Jack W. Langelaan, 2008, "Biologically Inspired Flight Techniques for Small and Micro Unmanned Aerial Vehicles", AIAA Guidance, Navigation and Controls Conference
  • Sana Sarfraz and Jack W. Langelaan, 2008, "Autonomous Ground-Based Tracking of Migrating Raptors using Vision", AIAA Guidance, Navigation and Controls Conference
  • Jeffrey B. Corbets and Jack W. Langelaan, 2008, "Parameterized Trajectories for Target Localization using Small- and Micro- Unmanned Aerial Vehicles", American Controls Conference
  • Jack W. Langelaan, 2008, "Tree Based Trajectory Planning to Exploit Atmospheric Energy", American Controls Conference
  • Jack W. Langelaan and Goetz Bramesfeld, 2008, "Gust Energy Extraction for Small- and Micro- Unmanned Aerial Vehicles", 46th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit
  • Jack W. Langelaan, 2007, "Long Distance/Duration Trajectory Optimization for Small UAVs", AIAA Guidance, Navigation and Controls Conference
  • Jeffret B. Corbets and Jack W. Langelaan, 2007, "Parameterized Optimal Trajectory Generation for Target Localization", AIAA Guidance, Navigation and Controls Conference
  • Eric W. Frew, Jack Langelaan and Maciej Stachura, 2007, "Adaptive Planning Horizon Based on Information Velocity for Vision-Based Navigation and Active Sensing", AIAA Guidance, Navigation and Controls Conference
  • Eric W. Frew, Jack Langelaan and Sungmoon Joo, 2006, "Adaptive Receding Horizon Control for Vision-Based Navigation of Small Unmanned Aircraft", Proceedings of the American Controls Conference
  • Jacob Langelaan and Steve Rock, 2005, "Passive GPS-Free Navigation for Small UAVs", IEEE Aerospace Conference
  • Jack Langelaan and Steve Rock, 2005, "Towards Autonomous UAV Flight in Forests", AIAA Guidance, Navigation and Control Conference
  • Jack Langelaan and Steve Rock, 2004, "Navigation of Small UAVs Operating in Forests", AIAA Guidance, Navigation and Control Conference
  • Jack W. Langelaan and Leo J. J. Kok, 1997, "Damage Tolerance Modelling of Fibre/Metal Laminate Fuselage Structures", 38th Structures, Structural Dynamics and Materials Conference, AIAA Paper 97-1400

Manuscripts

  • John J. Bird and Jack W. Langelaan, , "Spline Mapping to Maximize Energy Exploitation of Non-Uniform Thermals", Journal of Technical Soaring

Other

  • T. Yomchinda, J. F. Horn and Jacob Langelaan, 2012, "Autonomous Control and Path Planning for Autorotation of Unmanned Helicopters"
  • N. T. Depenbush and Jacob Langelaan, 2011, "Coordinated Mapping and Exploration for Autonomous Soaring"
  • Shane Tierney and Jack W. Langelaan, 2010, "Autorotation Path Planning Using Backwards Reachable Set and Optimal Control"
  • J. G. Mandell, Jacob Langelaan, A. G. Webb and S. J. Schiff, 2010, "Normative Brain and CSF Volume Growth Curves for Evaluating Hydrocephalus"
  • Sean Quinn Marlow and Jack W. Langelaan, 2009, "Local Terrain Mapping for Obstacle Avoidance using Monocular Vision"

Research Projects

Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding Teaching Award, Penn State Engineering Alumni Association, 2010
  • Associate Fellow, AIAA, 2011

Service

Service to Penn State:

  • Committee Member, Department Head Search Committee, October 2016 - July 2017
  • Committee Member, Dean search committee, January 2017 - April 2017
  • Faculty Advisor, Faculty Advisor, Sigma Gamma Tau, September 2006 - August 2017
  • Faculty Advisor, Penn State UAS Club, October 2014 - December 2016
  • Chairperson, Chair of Faculty Search Committee, Engineering and Ethics of Drones Faculty Search, September 2014 - June 2015
  • Member, Rock Ethics Institute co-hire committee, September 2014 - June 2015
  • Committee Member, Vehicle design faculty search committee, September 2017
  • Committee Member, Penn State University, Enterprise Risk Management Committee, August 2017

Service to External Organizations:

  • 1st Vice ChairAmerican Helicopter Society, Unmanned Systems, April 2014
  • Committee Member, Member of Guidance, Navigation and Control Technical Committee, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, January 2017
 


 

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229 Hammond Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-2569