JONATHAN P. HOW

Professor

Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Aerospace Controls Laboratory
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

jhow@mit.edu

Building 33, Room 326
MIT, 77 Mass. Ave., Cambridge MA 02139
Phone: 617-253-3267
Fax: 617-253-7397


For administrative assistance, please contact Kathryn Fischer at (617) 253-6270

MIT Quadrotor Testbed (hi-res)
Autonomous take-off to vertical flight

Research Interests: Navigation and Control

Team MIT - DARPA Grand (Urban) Challenge Team
My Research Group and some papers available to download
Decentralized activity planning and trajectory design for teams of cooperating vehicles (UAVs and robots)
Control Architecture Selection and Design for Cooperating UAV's (AFOSR)
Indoor multi-UAV (Autonomous Quadrotor) Testbed
  Multi-UAV Testbed (DoD DURIP)
Mixed-integer Linear Programming for Multi-Vehicle Control (MILP)
Safe Operation of Multi-Vehicle Systems
Spacecraft navigation, control, and autonomy, including GPS sensing for formation-flying spacecraft
Orion Formation Flying Microsatellite Experiment (NASA GSFC)
  Relative Navigation for Formation Flying Spacecraft using GPS (NASA GSFC)
Decentralized Relative Navigation for Formation Flying Spacecraft (NASA Glenn)
  Autonomous Formation Flying Spacecraft (CETDP) (NASA)
  Articles on formation flying: New scientist and GPSworld
Magnetic Indoor Absolute Positioning System
GPS Sensing for High Performance Racecars
Robust and hybrid control, control of flexible structures using GPS (article)

Classes

Principles of Optimal Control (OCW)
Aircraft Stability & Control (OCW)
Feedback Control Systems (OCW)
Aerospace Dynamics (OCW)

Background

3/00-
Consulting Professor, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics,
Stanford University
9/94-3/00
Assistant Professor, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics,
Stanford University
1/93-9/94 
Postdoctoral Associate, Space Engineering Research Center 
Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT
6/89-1/93 
Ph.D., Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT 
Robust Control Design with Real Parameter Uncertainty using
Absolute Stability Theory
9/87-6/89 
S.M., Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT 
Local Control Design Methodologies for a Hierarchic Control Architecture.
9/83-6/87 
B.A.Sc., Engineering Science (Aerospace), University of Toronto.

Interesting Links

Linear Programming Frequently Asked Questions
Integer Programming Software and a Tutorial on Integer Programming
Control Systems Engineering: Worldwide 


Other Interesting Jobs

Design, implementation, and analysis of robust controllers for the Middeck Active Control Experiment (MACE) flown on STS-67 March 2-16, 1995 
Litton Systems of Canada Ltd., Toronto (1987)
Boeing Aircraft, Dehavilland Division, Toronto, Canada (1986)
Atlantis Flight Research, Woodbridge, Canada (1985)


Selected Honours

2006 Raymond L. Bisplinghoff Fellow for MIT Aero/Astro Department
2003 Institute of Navigation Burka Award to recognize outstanding achievement in the preparation of papers contributing to the advancement of navigation and space guidance.
2000-2002 Boeing Associate Professor
1997-1999 Charles Lee Powell Faculty Scholar
1995  NASA Certificate of Appreciation for MACE on STS-67
1994-1997 Davis Faculty Scholar in the School of Engineering, Stanford University
1987-1991  The 1967 Science and Engineering Fellowship from the Natural Sciences and
Engineering Research Council of Canada.