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Eric N. Johnson is the Lockheed Martin Associate Professor of Avionics Integration in the School of Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Tech and the director of the UAV Research Facility. In addition to being an aerospace engineer, Johnson is also an instrument-rated pilot who has experience in aerodynamics, stability and control, flight simulation (including dynamic modeling and scene generation), aerospace software, flight test, and human factors, as well as guidance, navigation, and control systems.
Johnson’s research interests include fault tolerant estimation and control theory and digital avionics system design and integration. He conducts research sponsored by a variety of sources, including the National Science Foundation, AFOSR, DARPA, NASA, AFRL/VACA, and Lockheed Martin, and he participates in major research programs, including the Active-Vision Control Systems program and the Software Enabled Control program. Johnson also works on the development of several unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
A majority of Johnson's research is conducted in the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Research Facility at Georgia Tech. Highlights of the research in this center include neural network adaptive flight control of a number of different aircraft, vision-based guidance/navigation/control, autonomous aggressive maneuvering, the first air-launch of a hovering aircraft, and automatic flight of an airplane all the way to zero airspeed and back to forward flight.
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