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October 23, 2014                             

STATE SENSING AND AWARENESS FOR BIO-INSPIRED AUTONOMOUS UAV SYSTEMS

Dr. Fu-Kuo Chang, Stanford University

The Structures and Composites Laboratory at Stanford University has devoted a significant amount of research effort to the development of technologies that will contribute to the next generation of bio-inspired autonomous UAV systems. This presentation will provide an overview of the main research developments to overcome the current limitations and realize the full potential of multifunctional intelligent materials, thus enabling their integration into “intelligent” structures and actual deployment for aerospace applications. Indicative self-sensing application examples will be demonstrated via the use of embedded micro-sensor networks into composite materials. Our current focus is the extension of these approaches for the design, integration, and implementation of the next generation of autonomous UAV systems.

At Stanford University, Dr. Chang is director of the Structures and Composites Laboratory (http://structure.stanford.edu), a professor of aeronautics and astronautics, and a professor of mechanical engineering (by courtesy). He also is co-founder and chairman of the board of Acellent Technologies, Inc. His research interests include structural health monitoring, smart structures, composite materials, failure analysis, and finite element methods. Dr Chang has a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Future Colloquia

Note, the following are TENTATIVE ONLY.  When the time is closer, I will send out announcements

And information will be posted on the colloquium website(s).

2014

Oct.   30 – Mr. Greg Edwards.  MISTAKES AND OVERSIGHTS IN THE INTERNET

Nov.    6 – Mr. Ken Lum:  The Evolution of the Reflector Telescope

Nov.   13 – Ms. Jennifer Gerlach, Valley Christian Schools:  EDUCATE TO INNOVATE:  CREATING INNOVATIVE THINKERS THROUGH SCIENTIFIC EXPLORATION 

Nov.   20 – Mr. Greg Edwards.  PRIVACY AND BIG DATA

Nov.   27 – NO COLLOQUIUM, Thanksgiving

Dec.    4 –  Dr. Gary Bush, LM/STAR Labs:  The Latest on High Speed Rail (Again!!)

Dec.  11 –  NO COLLOQUIUM

Dec.  18 –  NO COLLOQUIUM

Dec.  25 –  NO COLLOQUIUM, Christmas

2015

Jan.    1 – NO COLLOQUIUM, New Years

Jan.    8 – TBD

Jan.   15 – Dr. Michael D. Lepech, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University:  Synthetic Biology

Jan.   22 – Dr. Marco Pavone, Stanford University, Director of the Autonomous Systems Laboratory:  Unconventional Robotics

Jan.   29 – Dr. James Lienkaemper, USGS:  Seismic Hazard: Creep on Bay Area Faults

Feb.     5 – Mr. Tom Stephany. Solar Eclipse Chasing and Astronomical Tourism

Feb.   12 –  Dr. Brad Aagaard, US Geological Survey.  Assessing Ground Shaking for the 2014 M6.0 South Napa Earthquake

Feb.   19 –  TBD

Feb.   26 –  Dr. Blake Simmons, VP at the Joint BioEnergy Institute:  Bioenergy Technology


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