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Eric Johnson

Professor

Affiliation(s):

  • Aerospace Engineering

229C Hammond Building

eric.johnson@engr.psu.edu

814-865-3813

Google Scholars Website

Research Areas:

Autonomous Flight and UAVs, Vehicle Dynamics and Controls, Vehicle Systems Engineering

Interest Areas:

Aircraft Flight Dynamics, Vision-based Navigation and Control, Adaptive Control, Aerial Robotics, Emerging UAS Missions, Autonomy/Automation, Research Flight Testing, Safety, and Unmanned Aircraft Policy

 
 

 

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

  • S. K. Kannan, G. V. Chowdhary and Eric Johnson, 2015, Adaptive Control of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Theory and Flight Tests, Springer, pp. 613-673
  • Eric M Feron and Eric Johnson, 2007, Aerial Robotics, Springer, pp. 1009-1029
  • Ben Ludington, Eric Johnson and George J Vachtsevanos, 2007, Vision Based Navigation and Target Tracking for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Springer, pp. 245-266
  • Eric Johnson, 2004, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), World Book, pp. 212
  • Amy Pritchett, M M van Passen, F W Wieland and Eric Johnson, 2003, Airspace Vehicle and Air Traffic Simulation, Kluwer, pp. 365-389
  • 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. 169-184

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, 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)

Conference Proceedings

  • J. Angelov, Y. E. Yoon and Eric Johnson, 2018, "Analytic Verification of Adaptive Augmenting Control Algorithms"
  • Y. E. Yoon and Eric Johnson, 2018, "Determination of Limit Cycle Oscillation Frequency in Linear Systems with Relay Feedback"
  • T. Watanabe, E. Balci and Eric Johnson, 2018, "Least Square Sparse Mapping and Octree-based A* Algorithm"
  • E. Balci, T. Watanabe, D. P. Magree, T. Khamvilai and Eric Johnson, 2018, "Monocular Vision Occupancy Grid Mapping with Obstacle Avoidance on UAVs"
  • F. De Vivo, M. Battipede, P. Gili and Eric Johnson, 2018, "Real-time Wildfire Prediction Enhancement Using Multi-Sensor Data Fusion"
  • T. Watanabe and Eric Johnson, 2018, "Trajectory Generation using Deep Neural Network"
  • F. P. Vallés, D. P. Magree and Eric Johnson, 2017, "Direct Feature Correspondence in Vision-Aided Inertial Navigation for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Presentation"
  • T. Nakamura, D. P. Magree and Eric Johnson, 2017, "Particle Filter for Closed-Loop Detection and Tracking from Occluded Airborne Images"
  • L. Ren, H. Yu, M. Castillo-Effen, Y. E. Yoon, T. Nakamura, Eric Johnson and C. Ippolito, 2017, "Small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS) Trajectory Modeling in Support of UAS Traffic Management (UTM)"
  • L. Whitcher and Eric Johnson, 2017, "Validating and Analyzing the Kinematics of a Highly-Gyroscopic VTOL MAV"
  • K. Lee and Eric Johnson, 2017, "Multiple-Model Adaptive Estimation for Measurements with Unknown Time Delay"
  • H. Mehmood and Eric Johnson, 2017, "A Daisy-Chain Control Design for a Multirotor UAV with Direct Force Capabilities"
  • Y. E. Yoon and Eric Johnson, 2017, "Analysis of Simple Relay Feedback Adaptive Control"
  • S. P. Schatz, T. Yucelen, G. De La Torre, B. Gruenwald, Eric Johnson and F. Holzapfel, 2016, "Scalability of Closed-Loop Systems Responses in Adaptive Control Schemes"
  • T. Nakamura and Eric Johnson, 2016, "Vision-Based Multiple Model Adaptive Estimation of Ground Targets From Airborne Images"
  • H. Mehmood, T. Nakamura and Eric Johnson, 2016, "A Maneuverability Analysis of a Novel Hexarotor UAV Concept"
  • T. Nakamura, S. T. Haviland, D. Bershadsky and Eric Johnson, 2016, "Vision-Based Optimal Landing on a Moving Platform"
  • T. Nakamura, D. P. Magree, S. T. Haviland, D. Bershadsky and Eric Johnson, 2016, "Closed-Loop Vision-Based Tracking Using Micro Air Vehicles"
  • S. T. Haviland, D. Bershadsky and Eric Johnson, 2016, "Dynamic Modeling and Analysis of a VTOL Freewing Concept"
  • D. Bershadsky, S. T. Haviland and Eric Johnson, 2016, "Electric Multirotor Propulsion System Sizing for Performance Prediction and Design Optimization"
  • G. van Dalen, D. P. Magree and Eric Johnson, 2016, "Absolute Localization using Image Alignment and Particle Filtering"
  • J. G. Mooney and Eric Johnson, 2016, "Efficient Approximation of Optimal High-Order Kinematic Trajectories"
  • C. W. M. Nous, G. De La Torre and Eric Johnson, 2015, "Trajectory Generation for Slung Load Operations via DDP with State and Input Constraints", Munich, Germany
  • Szukalski, R., Muehlegg, M. and Eric Johnson, 2015, "Consistency Monitoring of Adaptive Controllers using Bayesian Linear Regression"
  • D. P. Magree, G. van Dalen, S. T. Haviland and Eric Johnson, 2015, "Fully Autonomous Quadrotor with Absolute Vision-aided Navigation"
  • S. T. Haviland, D. Bershadsky, D. P. Magree and Eric Johnson, 2015, "Development of a 500 gram Vision-based Autonomous Quadrotor Vehicle Capable of Indoor Navigation"
  • Eric Johnson and J. G. Mooney, 2015, "Longitudinal Motion Planning for Slung-Loads Using Simplified Models and Rapidly-Exploring Random Trees"
  • Eric Johnson and P. Jones, 2015, "Optionally Piloted Rotorcraft Guidance and Operator Interface for Shipboard Operations"
  • D. P. Magree and Eric Johnson, 2015, "A Monocular Vision-aided Inertial Navigation System with Improved Numerical Stability"
  • D. P. Magree and Eric Johnson, 2014, "Combined Laser and Vision-Aided Inertial Navigation for an Indoor Unmanned Aerial Vehicle"
  • G. De La Torre, T. Yucelen and Eric Johnson, 2014, "Reference Control Architecture in the Presence of Measurement Noise and Actuator Dynamics"
  • Eric Johnson and D. Bershadsky, 2014, "Benchmarking of UAV Guidance Systems in Nap of the Earth (NOE) Flight"
  • Eric Johnson and J. G. Mooney, 2014, "Collaborative Search and Pursuit for Autonomous Helicopters"
  • G. De La Torre, Eric Johnson and E. Theodorou, 2014, "Guidance for Slung Load Operations through Differential Dynamic Programming"
  • E. P. Karan, H. C. Christmann, M. Gheisari, J. Irizarry and Eric Johnson, 2014, "Unmanned Aerial Systems Requirements for Potential Applications within a DOT"
  • D. Bershadsky, L. Dressel and Eric Johnson, 2014, "Situational and Terrain Awareness and Warning System Implementation on Android Smartphone for Manned Aviation Applications"
  • G. De La Torre, T. Yucelen, Eric Johnson, W. M. Haddad and T. Rajpurohit, 2014, "Frequency-Limited Adaptive Control of a Generic Transport Model in the Presence of Uncertainty in Control Effectiveness"
  • Eric Johnson, J. G. Mooney and H. B. Christophersen, 2013, "Fourteen Years of Autonomous Rotorcraft Research at the Georgia Institute of Technology", Tianjin, China
  • Eric Johnson and J. G. Mooney, 2013, "Preliminary Evaluation of Rapidly-Exploring Random Trees for Sling-Load Flight Guidance", Tianjin, China
  • D. P. Magree, T. Yucelen and Eric Johnson, 2013, "Improving Uniform Ultimate Boundedness Response of Neuroadaptive Control Approaches Using Command Governors"
  • D. Bershadsky and Eric Johnson, 2013, "Indoor GPS-denied Context Based SLAM Aided Guidance for Autonomous Aerial Systems"
  • D. P. Magree and Eric Johnson, 2013, "Performance of a Monocular Vision-aided Inertial Navigation System for a Small UAV"
  • K. Y. W. Scheper, G. V. Chowdhary and Eric Johnson, 2013, "Aerodynamic System Identification of Fixed-wing UAV"
  • T. Yucelen, W. M. Haddad and Eric Johnson, 2013, "Application of a Robust Adaptive Control Architecture to an Aeroelastic Generic Transport Model"
  • T. Yucelen, G. De La Torre, W. M. Haddad and Eric Johnson, 2013, "Application of Robust Adaptive Control Architecture to a Spacecraft with Flexible Dynamics"
  • S. P. Schatz, T. Yucelen, Eric Johnson and F. Holzapfel, 2013, "Constraint Enforcement Methods for Command Governor-Based Adaptive Control of Uncertain Dynamical Systems"
  • T. Yucelen, G. De La Torre and Eric Johnson, 2013, "Frequency-Limited Adaptive Control Architecture for Transient Response Improvement"
  • T. Yucelen and Eric Johnson, 2013, "A New Model Reference Control Architecture: Stability, Performance, and Robustness"
  • G. De La Torre, T. Yucelen and Eric Johnson, 2013, "Constrained Formation Protocols for Networked Multiagent Systems"
  • D. P. Magree, J. G. Mooney and Eric Johnson, 2013, "Monocular Visual Obstacle Avoidance and Mapping for UAVs"
  • Eric Johnson, J. G. Mooney, D. P. Magree, M. White, J. Hartman and V. Sahasrabudhe, 2013, "Collaborative Mapping and Search for Autonomous Helicopters"
  • K. Y. W. Scheper, D. P. Magree, T. Yucelen, G. De La Torre and Eric Johnson, 2013, "Application of Frequency-Limited Adaptive Quadrocopter Control"
  • S. P. Schatz, T. Yucelen and Eric Johnson, 2013, "Constrained Adaptive Control with Transient and Steady-state Performance Guarantees"
  • Eric Johnson, J. G. Mooney, M. White, J. Hartman and V. Sahasrabudhe, 2013, "Terrain Height Evidence Sharing for Collaborative Autonomous Rotorcraft Operation"
  • Eric Johnson and G. De La Torre, 2013, "Predictive Control for Aggressive Slung Load Maneuvers"
  • G. De La Torre, T. Yucelen and Eric Johnson, 2012, "A New Model Reference Control Architecture for Uncertain Dynamical Systems"
  • T. Yucelen and Eric Johnson, 2012, "Command Governor-Based Adaptive Control"
  • D. P. Magree, T. Yucelen and Eric Johnson, 2012, "Command Governor-Based Adaptive Control of an Autonomous Helicopter"
  • M. Muehlegg, G. V. Chowdhary and Eric Johnson, 2012, "Concurrent Learning Adaptive Control of Linear Systems with Noisy Measurements"
  • Eric Johnson, J. G. Mooney, D. Bershadsky, V. Sahasrabudhe and J. Hartman, 2012, "A Comparison of Automatic Nap-of-the-Earth Guidance Strategies for Helicopters"
  • A. J. Calise, Eric Johnson, T. Yucelen and G. V. Chowdhary, 2011, "Recent Advances in Model Reference Adaptive Control: Theory and Applications"
  • C. Pravitra, G. V. Chowdhary and Eric Johnson, 2011, "A Compact Exploration Strategy for Indoor Flight Vehicle"
  • H. Kingravi, G. V. Chowdhary, P. A. Vela and Eric Johnson, 2011, "A Reproducing Kernel Hilbert Space Approach for the Online Update of Radial Bases in Neuro-Adaptive Control"
  • Eric Johnson, G. V. Chowdhary, R. Chandramohan and A. J. Calise, 2011, "UAV Flight Control Using Flow Control Actuators"
  • G. V. Chowdhary, D. M. Sobers, C. Pravitra, H. C. Christmann, A. D. Wu., H. Hashimoto, C. Ong, R. Kalghatgi and Eric Johnson, 2011, "Integrated Guidance, Navigation, and Control for a Fully Autonomous Indoor UAS"
  • A. X. Brown and Eric Johnson, 2011, "Modeling and Flight Testing of the Longitudinal Dynamics of An Inflatable Wing UAV"
  • G. V. Chowdhary and Eric Johnson, 2011, "Adaptive Flight Control with Guaranteed Convergence"
  • G. V. Chowdhary, M. B. Egerstedt and Eric Johnson, 2011, "Network Discovery: An Estimation Based Approach"
  • Eric Johnson, J. G. Mooney, C. Ong, V. Sahasrabudhe and J. Hartman, 2011, "High Performance Nap-of-the-Earth Unmanned Helicopter Flight"
  • S. K. Kannan and Eric Johnson, 2010, "Model Reference Adaptive Control with a Constrained Linear Reference Model"
  • J. V. R. Prasad, K. Kang, A. Vu, M. Dhingra and Eric Johnson, 2010, "Optimal Obstacle Avoidance Constrained by Envelope Protection for Autonomous UAVs"
  • J. Ottander and Eric Johnson, 2010, "Precision Slung Load Delivery onto a Moving Platform"
  • S. I. A Shah and Eric Johnson, 2010, "Motion Estimation for Obstacle Detection and Avoidance Using a Single Camera for UAVs/Robots"
  • G. V. Chowdhary, D. M. Sobers, E. Salaun, J. Ottander and Eric Johnson, 2010, "Design, Development, and Testing of a Low Cost, Fully Autonomous, Indoor Unmanned Aerial System"
  • D. M. Sobers, S. Yamaura and Eric Johnson, 2010, "Laser-Aided Inertial Navigation for Self-Contained Autonomous Indoor Flight"
  • G. V. Chowdhary and Eric Johnson, 2010, "Recursively Updated Least Squares Modification Term for Adaptive Control"
  • K. Kang, J. Ottander, J. V. R. Prasad and Eric Johnson, 2010, "Active Control of a UAV Helicopter with a Slung Load for Precision Airborne Cargo Delivery"
  • R. Chandramohan, T. Yucelen, A. J. Calise, G. V. Chowdhary and Eric Johnson, 2010, "Experimental Results for Kalman Filter Modification in Adaptive Control"
  • G. V. Chowdhary, S. Srinivasan and Eric Johnson, 2010, "Frequency Domain Method for Real-Time Detection of Oscillations"
  • Eric Johnson, G. V. Chowdhary and M. S. Kimbrell, 2010, "Guidance and Control of an Airplane under Severe Structural Damage"
  • D. M. Sobers, Jr. and Eric Johnson, 2010, "Indoor Navigation for Micro Air Vehicles"
  • G. V. Chowdhary, W. M. DeBusk and Eric Johnson, 2010, "Real-Time System Identification of a Small Multi-Engine Aircraft with Structural Damage"
  • S. I. A. Shah, A. D. Wu and Eric Johnson, 2010, "Visual Marker Detection in the Presence of Colored Noise for UAVs"
  • R. Watts, P. Tsiotras and Eric Johnson, 2009, "Pilot Feedback for an Automated Planning Aid System in the Cockpit"
  • S. I. A. Shah and Eric Johnson, 2009, "3D Obstacle Detection Using a Single Camera"
  • Eric Johnson, M. S. Kimbrell, G. V. Chowdhary and A. J. Calise, 2009, "A Process to Obtain Robustness Metrics for Adaptive Flight Controllers"
  • N. Rooz, Eric Johnson, A. D. Wu, H. C. Christmann, J. C. Ha, G. V. Chowdhary, D. M. Sobers, S. K. Kannan, W. Pickell, H. B. Christophersen, A. Tannenbaum, J. Lee, J. Hur, M. S. Kimbrell, H. Gates and B. Andrus, 2009, "Experience with Highly Autonomous Unmanned Aircraft Performing Complex Missions"
  • G. V. Chowdhary and Eric Johnson, 2009, "Flight Validation of a Long Term Learning Controller"
  • W. M. DeBusk and Eric Johnson, 2009, "Real-Time System Identification of a Small Multi-Engine Aircraft"
  • H. C. Christmann, M. S. Kimbrell and Eric Johnson, 2009, "An ILS Inspired Approach and Departure System Using Monocular Vision", Mayagüez, Puerto Rico
  • G. V. Chowdhary, J. Ottander, E. Salun and Eric Johnson, 2009, "Low Cost Guidance, Navigation, and Control Solutions for Miniature Air Vehicle in GPS Denied Environments", Mayagüez, Puerto Rico
  • Eric Johnson, 2009, "Sensor Driven Guidance Systems for Unmanned Vehicles"
  • S. Y. Kim, K. Feigh, S. M. Lee and Eric Johnson, 2009, "A Task Decomposition Method for Function Allocation"
  • Eric Johnson, 2008, "Potential Active-Vision Control Systems for Unmanned Aircraft"
  • Eric Johnson, A. J. Calise and H. De Blauwe, 2008, "In Flight Validation of Adaptive Flight Control Methods"
  • J. P. Dunham and Eric Johnson, 2008, "Integrated Pan/Tilt Sensor System and Flight Controls"
  • A. D. Wu and Eric Johnson, 2008, "Methods for Localization and Mapping Using Vision and Inertial Sensors"
  • Y. Watanabe, Eric Johnson and A. J. Calise, 2008, "Stochastic Guidance Design for UAV Vision-Based Control Applications"
  • H. C. Christmann and Eric Johnson, 2008, "UAS Reference Scenarios for MANET Development"
  • A. Kutay, A. J. Calise and Eric Johnson, 2008, "A Comparison of Methods for Adaptive Control under Actuator Fault Accommodation"
  • R. J. Sattigeri, Eric Johnson and A. J. Calise, 2008, "Adaptive Estimation and Control in Vision- based Formation Flight"
  • G. V. Chowdhary, R. T. Anderson and Eric Johnson, 2008, "Comparison of RBF and SHL Neural Network Based Adaptive Control"
  • H. C. Christmann, H. B. Christophersen, A. D. Wu and Eric Johnson, 2008, "Guidance, Navigation, Control, and Operator Interfaces for Small Rapid Response Unmanned Helicopters"
  • G. V. Chowdhary and Eric Johnson, 2007, "Adaptive Neural Network Flight Control Using both Current and Recorded Data"
  • M. S. Geyer and Eric Johnson, 2007, "An Integrated Top-Down Approach to Obstacle Avoidance for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles"
  • T. B. Apker and Eric Johnson, 2007, "Obstacle Detection and Cataloging Using Radiating Sensors"
  • S. M. Oh and Eric Johnson, 2007, "Relative Motion Estimation for Vision-based Formation using Unscented Kalman Filter"
  • Y. Watanabe, Eric Johnson and A. J. Calise, 2007, "Stochastically Optimized Monocular Vision-based Guidance Design"
  • Y. Watanabe, A. J. Calise and Eric Johnson, 2007, "Vision-based Obstacle Avoidance for UAVs"
  • R. J. Sattigeri, Eric Johnson, A. J. Calise and J. C. Ha, 2007, "Vision-based Target Tracking with Adaptive Target State Estimator"
  • J. C. Ha, Eric Johnson and A. R. Tannenbaum, 2007, "Real-Time Visual Tracking System Using Active Contours for Navigation and Control of UAVs"
  • M. Bisgaard, A. la Cour-Harbo, Eric Johnson and J. D. Bendtsen, 2007, "Vision Aided State Estimator for Helicopter Slung Load System", Toulouse, France
  • H. C. Christmann and Eric Johnson, 2007, "Design and Implementation of a Self-configuring Ad-hoc Network for Unmanned Aerial Systems"
  • J. C. Neidhoefer, C. S. Gibson, M. Kunda and Eric Johnson, 2007, "Determinism in Autonomy for Applications in the National Aerospace System (NAS)"
  • J. C. Ha, Eric Johnson and A. R. Tannenbaum, 2007, "Real-time Visual Tracking System Using Geometric Active Contours and Particle Filter for Navigation and Control of UAVs"
  • Amy Pritchett, Eric Johnson, L. N. Gonzalez Castro and P. J. Bruneau, 2007, "Coherent Design of Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle Operations and Control Stations"
  • Eric Johnson, Y. Watanabe, J. C. Ha, A. R. Tannenbaum and A. J. Calise, 2006, "Image Processing, Estimation, Guidance, and Flight Test of Vision-Based Formation Flight", Tokyo, Japan
  • M. S. Geyer and Eric Johnson, 2006, "3D Obstacle Avoidance in Adversarial Environments for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles"
  • S. S. Twigg, A. J. Calise and Eric Johnson, 2006, "3d Trajectory Optimization for Terrain Following and Terrain Masking"
  • S. M. Oh and Eric Johnson, 2006, "Development of UAV Navigation System Based on Unscented Kalman Filter"
  • Eric Johnson, A. J. Calise and M. A. Turbe, 2006, "Fault Tolerance Through Direct Adaptive Control Using Neural Networks"
  • A. D. Wu, M. A. Turbe, S. K. Kannan, J. C. Neidhoefer and Eric Johnson, 2006, "Flight Results of Autonomous Airplane Transitions to and from Vertical Hover"
  • G. F. Ivey and Eric Johnson, 2006, "Investigation of Methods for Simultaneous Localization and Mapping Using Vision Sensors"
  • Y. Watanabe, A. J. Calise, Eric Johnson and J. H. Evers, 2006, "Minimum-Effort Guidance for Vision-Based Collision Avoidance"
  • Eric Johnson, A. J. Calise, Y. Watanabe, J. Ha and J. C. Neidhoefer, 2006, "Real-Time Vision-Based Relative Navigation"
  • Y. Watanabe, Eric Johnson and A. J. Calise, 2006, "Vision-Based Guidance Design from Sensor Trajectory Optimization"
  • Eric Johnson, N. Rooz, R. W. Pickell and J. Hur, 2006, "A Concurrent Testing Process for Research Unmanned Aerial Vehicles", San Francisco CA
  • Eric Johnson, 2006, "Some Flight Test Highlights 2002-2005: Georgia Tech School of Aerospace Engineering UAV Lab"
  • Y. Watanabe, V. K. Madyastha, A. J. Calise and Eric Johnson, 2005, "Vision-Based Approaches to UAV Formation Flight and Obstacle Avoidance", Tokyo, Japan
  • G. Immanuel and Eric Johnson, 2005, "State-Based Scheduling of Real-Time UAV Flight Control Avionics Tasks"
  • S. S. Twigg, A. J. Calise and Eric Johnson, 2005, "Trajectory Optimization for Multiple Vehicles Using a Reduced Order Formulation"
  • Eric Johnson, 2005, "GTMax GTSpy GTEdge: All flown by autonomous onboard systems"
  • O. C. Jakobsen, Eric Johnson and A. M. Moodie, 2005, "Control Architecture For a UAV-Mounted Pan/Tilt/Roll Camera Gimbal"
  • N. Rooz and Eric Johnson, 2005, "Design and Modeling of an Airship Station Holding Controller for Low Cost Satellite Operations"
  • G. F. Ivey and Eric Johnson, 2005, "Investigation of Methods for Target State Estimation Using Vision Sensors"
  • M. A. Turbe and Eric Johnson, 2005, "Modeling Control and Flight Testing of a Small Ducted Fan Vehicle"
  • A. D. Wu, Eric Johnson and A. A. Proctor, 2005, "Vision-Aided Inertial Navigation"
  • Y. Watanabe, Eric Johnson and A. J. Calise, 2005, "Vision-Based Approach to Obstacle Avoidance"
  • A. A. Proctor and Eric Johnson, 2005, "Vision-Only Approach and Landing"
  • G. Drozeski, I. Yavrucuk and Eric Johnson, 2005, "Application of Software Enabled Control Technologies to a Full-Scale Unmanned Helicopter"
  • A. A. Koller and Eric Johnson, 2005, "Implementation, Testing, and Operation of a Multi-UAV Communication Architecture"
  • H. C. Christmann, O. C. Jakobsen, A. A. Proctor, S. K. Kannan, H. B. Christophersen and Eric Johnson, 2005, "Ongoing Development of an Autonomous Aerial Reconnaissance System at Georgia Tech"
  • Eric Johnson, D. P. Schrage and G. J. Vachtsevanos, 2005, "Rotary Wing Final Experiments for the Software Enabled Control Program"
  • Eric Johnson, A. A. Proctor, J. Ha and Y. Watanabe, 2005, "Recent Flight Test Results of Active-Vision Control Systems"
  • A. J. Calise, Eric Johnson, R. Sattigeri, Y. Watanabe and V. Madyastha, 2005, "Estimation and Guidance Strategies for Vision-based Target Tracking"
  • Eric Johnson, A. J. Calise, A. R. Tannenbaum, S. Soatto, N. Hovakimyan and A. J. Yezzi, 2005, "Active-Vision Control Systems For Complex Adversarial 3-D Environments, A tutorial"
  • Eric Johnson, D. P. Schrage and J. V. R. Prasad, 2005, "Flight Test Results of Fault Tolerant Control Systems on Small and Micro Rotorcraft"
  • Eric Johnson and S. M. Oh, 2004, "Adaptive Control Using Combined Online and Background Learning Neural Network"
  • Eric Johnson, A. J. Calise, R. Sattigeri and Y. Watanabe, 2004, "Approaches to Vision-Based Formation Control"
  • H. B. Christophersen, W. J. Pickell, A. A. Koller, S. K. Kannan and Eric Johnson, 2004, "Small Adaptive Flight Control Systems for UAVs using FPGA/DSP Technology"
  • Eric Johnson, D. P. Schrage, J. V. R. Prasad and G. J. Vachtsevanos, 2004, "UAV Flight Test Programs at Georgia Tech", Workshop, and Exhibit
  • S. K. Kannan, A. A. Koller and Eric Johnson, 2004, "Flexible Simulation Environment for Flight Control of Multiple UAVs"
  • J. A. Christian, M. A. Turbe, E. M. Kabo, L. C. Manno and Eric Johnson, 2004, "Development of a Variable Inertia Reaction Wheel System for Spacecraft Attitude Control"
  • M. D. Johnson, A. J. Calise and Eric Johnson, 2004, "Further Evaluation of an Adaptive Method for Launch Vehicle Flight Control"
  • S. S. Twigg, A. J. Calise and Eric Johnson, 2004, "On-line Trajectory Optimization Including Moving Threats and Targets"
  • Y. Watanabe, Eric Johnson and A. J. Calise, 2004, "Optimal 3-D Guidance from a 2-D Vision Sensor"
  • A. A. Proctor and Eric Johnson, 2004, "Vision-Only Aircraft Flight Control Methods and Test Results"
  • J. C. Ha, C. Alvino, G. Pryor, M. Niethammer, Eric Johnson and A. R. Tannenbaum, 2004, "Active Contours and Optical Flow for Automatic Tracking of Flying Vehicles"
  • C. DeWagter, A. A. Proctor and Eric Johnson, 2003, "Vision-Only Aircraft Flight Control"
  • M. D. Johnson, A. J. Calise and Eric Johnson, 2003, "Evaluation of an Adaptive Method for Launch Vehicle Flight Control"
  • Eric Johnson and A. A. Proctor, 2003, "Latency Compensation in an Adaptive Flight Controller"
  • Eric Johnson and D. P. Schrage, 2003, "The Georgia Tech Unmanned Aerial Research Vehicle: GTMax"
  • A. A. Proctor, S. K. Kannan, C. Raabe, H. B. Christophersen and Eric Johnson, 2003, "Development of an Autonomous Aerial Reconnaissance System at Georgia Tech"
  • Eric Johnson, J. L. Paunicka, D. E. Corman, B. R. Mendel, D. P. Schrage and G. J. Vachtsevanos, 2003, "Open Control Platform: A road towards more capable flight control"
  • D. P. Schrage and Eric Johnson, 2003, "The Georgia Tech VTOL UAV Testbed - The GTMAX As an Open System for UAV Research and Development"
  • S. S. Twigg and Eric Johnson, 2003, "Use of Real Time Simulation in a Laboratory Course"
  • Eric Johnson and S. K. Kannan, 2003, "Nested Saturation with Guaranteed Real Poles"
  • J. S. Dittrich and Eric Johnson, 2002, "Multi-Sensor Navigation System for an Autonomous Helicopter"
  • G. Immanuel and Eric Johnson, 2002, "New Architectures for UAV Flight Control Avionics"
  • S. K. Kannan and Eric Johnson, 2002, "Adaptive Trajectory-based Flight Control for Autonomous Helicopters"
  • Eric Johnson and S. S. Mishra, 2002, "Flight Simulation for the Development of an Experimental UAV"
  • Eric Johnson and Amy Pritchett, 2002, "Generic Pilot and Flight Control Model For Use in Simulation Studies"
  • Eric Johnson, A. J. Calise and J. E. Corban, 2002, "A Six Degree-Of-Freedom Adaptive Flight Control Architecture For Trajectory Following"
  • Eric Johnson and S. K. Kannan, 2002, "Adaptive Flight Control for an Autonomous Unmanned Helicopter"
  • H. B. Christophersen, M. G. Hart, M. Dhingra, R. Guily, Eric Johnson and S. K. Kannan, 2002, "Development of an Autonomous Aerial Reconnaissance System at Georgia Tech"
  • Eric Johnson, M. G. Hart and H. B. Christophersen, 2002, "Development of an Autonomous Aerial Reconnaissance System at Georgia Tech"
  • Eric Johnson, S. G. Fontaine and A. D. Kahn, 2001, "Minimum Complexity Uninhabited Air Vehicle Guidance And Flight Control System"
  • Eric Johnson and S. G. Fontaine, 2001, "Use Of Flight Simulation To Complement Flight Testing Of Low-Cost UAVs"
  • H. B. Christophersen, M. Hart, M. Dhingra, R. Guily, Eric Johnson and A. D. Kahn, 2001, "Development of an Autonomous Aerial Reconnaissance System at Georgia Tech"
  • Eric Johnson and A. J. Calise, 2001, "Neural Network Adaptive Control of Systems with Input Saturation"
  • Eric Johnson, A. J. Calise and J. E. Corban, 2001, "Adaptive Guidance and Control for Autonomous Launch Vehicles"
  • Eric Johnson and A. J. Calise, 2000, "Pseudo-Control Hedging: A New Method for Adaptive Control", Redstone Arsenal, Alabama
  • Eric Johnson, A. J. Calise, R. T. Rysdyk and H. A. El-Shirbiny, 2000, "Feedback Linearization with Neural Network Augmentation Applied to X-33 Attitude Control"
  • Eric Johnson and D. C. Hansen, 1998, "A Display Concept for Staying Ahead of the Airplane"
  • Eric Johnson and P. A. DeBitetto, 1997, "Modeling and Simulation for Small Autonomous Helicopter Development"
  • P. A. DeBitetto, Eric Johnson, M. C. Bosse and C. A. Trott, 1997, "Draper Laboratory Small Autonomous Aerial Vehicle"
  • Eric Johnson, P. A. DeBitetto, C. A. Trott and M. C. Bosse, 1996, "The 1996 MIT/Boston University/Draper Laboratory Autonomous Helicopter System"
  • Amy Pritchett, R. Barhydt, R. J. Hansman and Eric Johnson, 1996, "Flight Simulator Testing of Cockpit Traffic Displays Using Robust Situation Generation"
  • Eric Johnson and R. J. Hansman, 1996, "Robust Situation Generation Architecture for Multi-Agent Flight Simulation"
  • P. A. DeBitetto, Eric Johnson, E. Lanzilotta, C. A. Trott and M. C. Bosse, 1996, "The 1996 MIT/Boston University/Draper Laboratory Autonomous Helicopter System"
  • Eric Johnson and Amy Pritchett, 1995, "Experimental Study of Vertical Flight Path Mode Awareness"
  • R. J. Hansman, J. K. Kuchar and Eric Johnson, 1995, "Human Centered Development of Information Systems and Decision Aids in Advanced Air Transportation Management Systems"
  • Amy Pritchett, R. J. Hansman and Eric Johnson, 1995, "Use of Testable Responses for Performance-Based Measurement of Situation Awareness"

Magazines/Trade Publications

  • J. S. Bay, Eric Johnson and P. Ray, 2005, "University Testbeds Demonstrate Major Advances in Autonomous Rotorcraft Control Software"
  • Eric Johnson, 2003, "Program Profile: Making UAVs Smarter", pp. 20-22

Research Projects

  • November 2017 - August 2019, "Simulation Investigation of Fly-to-Optimal and Damage Tolerant Control Laws for the Piasecki Adapt Program," (Sponsor: Piasecki Aircraft Corporation).
  • June 2018 - September 2018, "Support of Precision Flight Operations Near Underway Surface Vessels," (Sponsor: Georgia Institute of Technology).
  •  2015 -  2018, "Support of Squad-X Core Technologies: Navigation," (Sponsor: Leidos (DARPA)).
  • March 2018 - April 2018, "Navigation and Control for Indoor Flight in Known Environments," (Sponsor: Vimaan Robotics).
  •  2016 -  2018, "Field Test Based Guidelines Development for the Integration of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UASs) in GDOT Operations," (Sponsor: Georgia Department of Transportation).
  •  2016 -  2018, "Precision Flight Operations Near Underway Surface Vessels," (Sponsor: ONR).
  •  2016 -  2018, "Small Unmanned Aerial System Modeling," (Sponsor: GE Global Research (NASA)).
  •  2016 -  2017, "Mohammed Bin Zayed International Robotics Challenge Sponsorship," (Sponsor: Khalifa University of Science, U.A.E.).
  •  2015 -  2017, "Geo-Registration-Augmented Simultaneous Localization and Mapping," (Sponsor: Leidos (DARPA)).
  •  2016 -  2017, "Support of Advanced Automated Landing on Ships," (Sponsor: Systems Technology Inc. (ONR)).
  •  2015 -  2017, "Passive Unmanned Aircraft Systems for Adaptive Sampling in a Riverine Environment," (Sponsor: ONR).
  •  2014 -  2016, "Algorithms and Testing of GPS-Denied Navigation Systems," (Sponsor: Leidos (DARPA)).
  •  2011 -  2014, "Support of All-Source Positioning and Navigation," (Sponsor: SAIC (DARPA)).
  •  2008 -  2014, "Technologies for Rotorcraft Autonomous Flight," (Sponsor: Sikorsky).
  •  2010 -  2013, "Support of Infrastructure Monitoring Robot," (Sponsor: CyPhy Works, Inc. (NIST)).
  •  2009 -  2012, "An Autonomous UAS Detect Sense and Avoid System," (Sponsor: Aerotonomy, Inc. (ONR)).
  •  2009 -  2010, "STTR: Support of Autonomous Maneuvering of UAVS in Challenging Environments," (Sponsor: Atair Aerospace (ONR)).
  •  2007 -  2010, "Biomimetic Aerial Robotic Transformer," (Sponsor: AFRL Munitions Directorate).
  •  2008 -  2010, "Support of Small Image-Aided Navigation and Path Planning Systems," (Sponsor: Aerotonomy, Inc. (ARL)).
  •  2008 -  2009, "Precision Airborne Cargo Delivery to/from Moving Platforms," (Sponsor: DARPA).
  •  2008 -  2009, "Flight Validation of Metrics-Based Adaptive Control Methods," (Sponsor: NASA).
  •  2003 -  2008, "Active-Vision Control Systems for Complex Adversarial 3-D Environments," (Sponsor: Department of Defense Multi-Disciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI), Topic coordinator: AFOSR).
  •  2003 -  2008, "CAREER: Artificial Learning Control Systems for Performance Critical Applications," (Sponsor: NSF).
  •  2004 -  2007, "Rapid Trajectory Generation for Non-Linear Flight Systems," (Sponsor: Guided Systems Technologies (AFRL/AFOSR)).
  •  2002 -  2004, "Research in Support of Adaptive Guidance and Control for Autonomous Flight Systems," (Sponsor: Guided Systems Technologies, (AFRL/AFOSR)).
  •  2001 -  2003, "Research in Support of Adaptive Guidance and Control for Autonomous Hypersonic Vehicles," (Sponsor: Guided Systems Technologies, (AFRL/AFOSR)).
  •  2002 -  2003, "Trajectory Generation for Autonomous and Semi-Autonomous Linear Flight Systems," (Sponsor: Guided Systems Technologies, (AFRL/AFOSR)).

Honors and Awards

  • Associate Fellow, AIAA, 2017
  • Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference Best Paper Award, AIAA, January 2017
  • 1st Place, Autonomous Micro Air Vehicle Competition, AHS, 2015
  • 1st Place, Spring International Micro-Air Vehicle Competition (outdoor), IMAV, 2011
  • 1st Place, International Aerial Robotics Competition, AUVSI, 2010
  • 1st Place, International Aerial Robotics Competition, AUVSI, 2008
  • 1st Place, International Aerial Robotics Competition, AUVSI, 2005
  • 1st Place, International Aerial Robotics Competition, AUVSI, 2003
  • NSF CAREER Award, National Science Foundation, 2003
  • 1st Place, International Aerial Robotics Competition, AUVSI, 2002
  • 1st Place, International Aerial Robotics Competition, AUVSI, 2001
  • 1st Place, International Aerial Robotics Competition, AUVSI, 1996

Service

Service to Penn State:

  • Committee Work, Member, Undergraduate Committee, August 2017
  • Committee Work, Member, Graduate Committee, August 2017
  • Committee Work, Co-Chairperson, Space and Safety Committee, August 2017

Service to External Organizations:

  • Participation in or Service to Professional and Learned Societies, Committee Member, Guidance, Navigation, and Control Technical Committee, AIAA, 2015
  • Service to Governmental Agencies, Committee Member, NASA Advisory Council, Aeronautics (NACA), Unmanned Aircraft Systems Subcommittee, NASA, 2011 - 2013
  • Service to Business and Industry, Committee Member, G-10 Committee on Multifunction Displays, SAE, 1997 - 1997
 


 

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