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Eric Johnson

Professor

Affiliation(s):

  • Aerospace Engineering

234A Hammond Building

enj4@psu.edu

814-865-3813

Research Areas:

Autonomous Flight and UAVs

Interest Areas:

 
 

 

Education

  • BS, Aeronautics and Astronautics Engineering, University of Washington, 1991
  • MS, Aerospace Engineering, The Georgia Washington University, 1993
  • SM, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1994
  • Ph D, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2000

Publications

Books

  • Brian Stevens, Frank Lewis and Eric Johnson, 2015, Aircraft Control and Simulation, Dynamics, Control Design, and Autonomous Systems, 3rd Edition, Wiley

Book, Chapters

  • Eric M Feron and Eric Johnson, 2007, Aerial Robotics, Springer, pp. 20
  • Ben Ludington, Eric Johnson and George J Vachtsevanos, 2007, Vision Based Navigation and Target Tracking for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Springer, pp. 21
  • Eric Johnson, 2004, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), World Book, pp. 1
  • Amy Pritchett, M M van Passen, F W Wieland and Eric Johnson, 2003, Airspace Vehicle and Air Traffic Simulation, Kluwer, pp. 24
  • R John Hansman, James K Kuchar and Eric Johnson, 1997, Human Centered Development of Information Systems and Decision Aid Systems and Decision Aids in Advanced Air Traffic Management Systems, Springer-Verlag, Berlin/Heidelberg, Germany, pp. 25

Journal Articles

  • D. P. Magree and Eric Johnson, 2016, "A Factored Extended Kalman Filter for Monocular Vision-aided Inertial Navigation", AIAA Journal of Aerospace Information Systems
  • De La Torre, G, Theodorou, E., and Eric Johnson, 2016, "Autonomous Suspended Load Operations via Trajectory Optimization and Variational Integrators", AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics
  • J. G. Mooney, S. T. Haviland and Eric Johnson, 2016, "Collaborative Autonomy for Mapping, Search, and Pursuit", Unmanned Systems, 4, (2), pp. 167-184
  • K. Kang, J. V. R. Prasad and Eric Johnson, 2016, "Active Control of a UAV Helicopter with a Slung Load for Precision Airborne Cargo Delivery Unmanned Systems", Unmanned Systems, 4, (3), pp. 213-226
  • De La Torre, G., Yucelen, T., and Eric Johnson, 2015, "A New Model Reference Control Architecture: Stability, Performance, and Robustness", International Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control
  • De La Torre, G., Yucelen, T., and Eric Johnson, 2014, "Bounded Hybrid Connectivity Control of Networked Multiagent Systems", IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control
  • T. Yucelen, De La Torre, G., and Eric Johnson, 2014, "Improving Transient Performance of Adaptive Control Architectures using Frequency Limited System Error Dynamics", International Journal of Control
  • G. V. Chowdhary, M?hlegg, M. and Eric Johnson, 2014, "Exponential Parameter and Tracking Error Convergence Guarantees for Adaptive Controllers without Persistency of Excitation", International Journal of Control
  • Eric Johnson and J. G. Mooney, 2014, "A Comparison of Automatic Nap-of-the-Earth Guidance Strategies for Helicopters", Journal of Field Robotics
  • D. P. Magree, J. G. Mooney and Eric Johnson, 2014, "Monocular Visual Mapping for Obstacle Avoidance on UAVs", Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems
  • S. I. A. Shah, A. D. Wu and Eric Johnson, 2013, "A Real Time Simple Light Detection Application for a Flying Robot in Extreme Noise and Interference", IMECHE Journal of Aerospace Engineering, Sage Publications, UK
  • S. I. A. Shah, Eric Johnson, A. D. Wu and Y. Watanabe, 2013, "Single Sensor Based 3D Feature Point Location for a Small Flying Robot Application Using One Camera", IMECHE Journal of Aerospace Engineering, Sage Publications, UK
  • G. V. Chowdhary, Eric Johnson, R. Chandramohan, M. S. Kimbrell, J. Hur and A. J. Calise, 2013, "Autonomous Guidance and Control of Airplanes under Actuator Failures and Severe Structural Damage", AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, 36, (4), pp. 1093-1104
  • G. V. Chowdhary, Eric Johnson, D. P. Magree, A. D. Wu and A. Shein, 2013, "GPS-Denied Indoor and Outdoor Monocular Vision Aided Navigation and Control of Unmanned Aircraft", Journal of Field Robotics, 30, (3)
  • T. Yucelen and Eric Johnson, 2013, "Control of Multivehicle Systems in the Presence of Uncertain Dynamics", International Journal of Control, pp. 2013
  • A. D. Wu, Eric Johnson, M. Kaess, F. Dellaert and G. V. Chowdhary, 2013, "Autonomous Flight in GPS-Denied Environments Using Monocular Vision and Inertial Sensors", AIAA Journal of Aerospace Information Systems, 10, (4), pp. 172-186
  • G. V. Chowdhary, D. M. Sobers, Sala?n, E., J. A. Ottander and Eric Johnson, 2013, "Fully Autonomous Indoor Flight Relying on Only Five Very Low-Cost Range Sensor", AIAA Journal of Aerospace Information Systems, 10
  • T. Yucelen and Eric Johnson, 2012, "A New Command Governor Architecture for Transient Response Shaping", International Journal of Adaptive Control and Signal Processing
  • R. Watts, H. C. Christmann, Eric Johnson, K. Feigh and P. Tsiotras, 2012, "Development and Evaluation of an Automated Path Planning Aid", AIAA Journal of Aircraft, 49, (6), pp. 1774-1785
  • H. A. Kingravi, G. V. Chowdhary, P. A. Vela and Eric Johnson, 2012, "A Reproducing Kernel Hilbert Space Approach for the Online Update of Radial Bases in Neuro-Adaptive Control", IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks, 23, (7), pp. 1130-1141
  • G. V. Chowdhary, T. Yucelen, M. Muehlegg and Eric Johnson, 2012, "Concurrent Learning Adaptive Control of Linear Systems with Exponentially Convergent Bounds", International Journal of Adaptive Control and Signal Processing
  • G. V. Chowdhary, D. M. Sobers, C. Pravitra, H. C. Christmann, A. D. Wu, H. Hashimoto, C. Ong, R. Kalghatgi and Eric Johnson, 2012, "Self Contained Ranging Sensor Aided Autonomous Guidance, Navigation, and Control for Indoor Flight", AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, 35, pp. 1843-1854
  • G. V. Chowdhary and Eric Johnson, 2011, "Theory and Flight Test Validation of a Long Term Learning Adaptive Flight Controller", AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, 34, (2), pp. 592-607
  • G. V. Chowdhary, S. Srinivasan and Eric Johnson, 2011, "A Frequency Domain Method for Real-Time Detection of Oscillations", AIAA Journal of Aerospace Information Systems, 8, (2), pp. 42-52
  • S. K. Kannan, Eric Johnson, Y. Watanabe and R. Sattigeri, 2011, "Vision Based Tracking of Uncooperative Targets", International Journal of Aerospace Engineering, 2011, pp. 17
  • R. T. Anderson, G. V. Chowdhary and Eric Johnson, 2009, "Comparison of RBF and SHL Neural Network Based Adaptive Control", Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems, Springer, 54, (3), pp. 183-199
  • J. Ha, Eric Johnson and A. R. Tannenbaum, 2008, "Real-time Visual Tracking Using Geometric Active Contours and Particle Filters", AIAA Journal of Aerospace Information Systems, 5, (10), pp. 361-379
  • Eric Johnson, M. A. Turbe, A. D. Wu, S. K. Kannan and J. C. Neidhoefer, 2008, "Flight Test Results of Autonomous Fixed-Wing Transition to and from Stationary Hover", AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, 31, (2), pp. 358-370
  • J. C. Neidhoefer, C. S. Gibson, M. Kunda and Eric Johnson, 2007, "Determinism in Autonomy for Applications to the National Aerospace System (NAS)", AIAA Journal of Aerospace Information Systems, 4, (11), pp. 1037-1045
  • Eric Johnson, A. J. Calise, Y. Watanabe, J. C. Ha and J. C. Neidhoefer, 2007, "Real-Time Vision-Based Relative Aircraft Navigation", AIAA Journal of Aerospace Information Systems, 4, (4), pp. 707-738
  • A. A. Proctor, Eric Johnson and T. B. Apker, 2006, "Vision-only Control and Guidance for Aircraft", Journal of Field Robotics, 23, (10), pp. 863-890
  • B. Ludington, Eric Johnson and G. J. Vachtsevanos, 2006, "Augmenting UAV Autonomy: Vision-Based Navigation and Target Tracking for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles", IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine, 13, (3), pp. 63-71
  • Eric Johnson and M. A. Turbe, 2006, "Modeling, Control, and Flight Testing of a Small Ducted Fan Aircraft", AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, 29, (4), pp. 769-779
  • H. B. Christophersen, R. W. Pickell, J. C. Neidhoefer, A. A. Koller, S. K. Kannan and Eric Johnson, 2006, "A Compact Guidance, Navigation, and Control System for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles", AIAA Journal of Aerospace Information Systems, 3, (5), pp. 187-213
  • Eric Johnson, A. J. Calise, K. D. Mease, J. E. Corban and M. D. Curry, 2006, "Adaptive Guidance and Control for Hypersonic Vehicles", AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, 29, (3), pp. 725-737
  • A. D. Wu, Eric Johnson and A. A. Proctor, 2005, "Vision-Aided Inertial Navigation for Flight Control", AIAA Journal of Aerospace Information Systems, 2, (9), pp. 348-360
  • Eric Johnson, A. A. Proctor, J. C. Ha and A. R. Tannenbaum, 2005, "Visual Search Automation for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles", IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems, 41, (1), pp. 219-232
  • Eric Johnson and S. K. Kannan, 2005, "Adaptive Trajectory Control for Autonomous Helicopters", AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, 28, (3), pp. 524-538
  • Eric Johnson, A. A. Proctor, J. C. Ha and A. R. Tannenbaum, 2004, "Development and Test of Highly Autonomous Unmanned Aerial Vehicles", AIAA Journal of Aerospace Information Systems, 1, (12), pp. 485-501
  • Eric Johnson and D. P. Schrage, 2004, "System Integration and Operation of a Research Unmanned Aerial Vehicle", AIAA Journal of Aerospace Information Systems, 1, (1), pp. 5-18
  • Eric Johnson and A. J. Calise, 2003, "Limited Authority Adaptive Flight Control for Reusable Launch Vehicles", AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, 26, (6), pp. 906-913
  • Eric Johnson, J. B. Davidson and P. C. Murphy, 1994, "Predicting the Effects of Unmodeled Dynamics on an Aircraft Flight Control System Design Using Eigenspace Assignment", NASA, (TM-4548)

Research Projects

Honors and Awards

  • Associate Fellow, AIAA, 2017
  • Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference Best Paper Award, AIAA, January 2017
  • NSF CAREER Award, National Science Foundation, 2003

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Department of Aerospace Engineering

229 Hammond Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-2569