My research involves a continuous learning process of mathematically dense topics from AI, dynamics, and control. A by-product of this process is that I have come to appreciate the importance of elucidating such topics in simple, everyday language and diagrams. The most important objective of my teaching is to bring to the students mathematically rich material from dynamics and control in easily digestible forms, to the point where the students can identify the mathematics accentuating the underlying concepts, rather than obscuring them.

In WPI's student course evaluation forms, two of the most important questions asked of students are:

  • Q1: Overall rating of the quality of the course (scale of 1 – 5).

  • Q2: Overall rating of the instructor’s teaching (scale of 1 – 5).

Course evaluation data for all of the courses that I have taught at WPI are shown below.

 

Guidance, Navigation, and Communications (AE 4733)

  • Senior-level undergraduate course, taught annually, last taught in Fall 2017

  • Syllabus (from the Fall 2017 offering)

  • Textbook – None; self-contained course notes available. Recommended reading:

    • M. Kayton and W. R. Fried. Avionics Navigation Systems. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York, NY, 1997.

    • J. A. Farrell. Aided Navigation: GPS with High Rate Sensors. McGraw Hill, New York, NY, 2008.

    • P. Misra and P. Enge. Global Positioning System: Signals, Measurements, and Performance. Ganga-Jamuna Press, Lincoln, MA, 2012.

    • R. F. Stengel. Optimal Control and Estimation. Dover, New York, NY, 1994.

Aircraft Dynamics and Control (AE 4723)

  • Senior-level undergraduate course, taught annually, last taught in Fall 2017

  • Syllabus (from the Fall 2017 offering)

  • Textbook:

    • B. Etkin. Dynamics of Atmospheric Flight. Dover Publications, Mineola, NY, 2000.

Optimal Control of Dynamical Systems (AE 5222)

  • Graduate course, taught once every two years, last taught in Spring 2017

  • Syllabus (from the Spring 2017 offering)

  • Textbook:

    • D. E. Kirk. Optimal Control Theory: An Introduction. Dover Publications, Mineola, NY, 1998.

Air Vehicle Dynamics and Control (AE 5224)

  • Graduate course, taught once every two years, last taught in Spring 2018

  • Syllabus (from the Spring 2018 offering)

  • Textbook:

    • R. W. Beard and T. W. McLain. Small Unmanned Aircraft. Princetion University Press, Princeton, NJ, 2012.

Introduction to Control of Dynamical Systems (AE 3703)