Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics

Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics
AFIT Faculty: Alan L. Jennings
CONTACT INFORMATION
Name: Alan L. Jennings
Title: Research Assistant Professor of Aerospace Engineering, Dept. of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Commercial Phone: (937) 255-3636 (7495)
DSN Phone: 785-3636 (7495)
EDUCATION

2012 Ph.D., University of Dayton, Electrical Engineering
2007 M.S., University of Dayton, Electrical Engineering
2006 B.S., University of Akron, Mechanical Engineering

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Large flexible structures
Optimization
Machine vision
Spacecraft simulations
Robotics

EXPERTISE
  • ARTIFICIAL NEURAL NETWORKS
  • COMPUTATIONAL MATHEMATICS AND OPTIMIZATION
  • FINITE ELEMENT MODELING
  • IMAGE PROCESSING
  • INSTRUMENTATION
  • MATHEMATICAL PROGRAMMING
  • NEURAL NETWORKS
  • ADAPTIVE ALGORITHMS
  • AIAA - AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF AERONAUTICS AND ASTRONAUTICS
  • ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
  • ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND MACHINE LEARNING
  • ARTIFICIAL NEURAL NETWORKS
  • AUTONOMOUS AGENTS
  • BIOMIMETICS/BIO-INSPIRED CONTROL
  • DESIGN OPTIMIZATION
  • DIGITAL IMAGE PROCESSING
  • DYNAMIC PROGRAMMING
  • DYNAMICS
  • DYNAMICS AND CONTROL
  • HEURISTIC METHODS FOR OPTIMIZATION
  • IMAGE PROCESSING
  • MACHINE INTELLIGENCE
  • MATHEMATICAL PROGRAMMING AND OPTIMIZATION
  • MOBILE AGENTS
  • MULTICRITERIA ANALYSIS
  • OPTIMIZATION
  • SIMULATION
  • SIMULATION MODELING AND ANALYSIS
  • STRUCTURAL DYNAMICS
  • STRUCTURAL DYNAMICS AND CONTROL
PUBLICATIONS & RESEARCH PAPERS

 Journal Publications:

  • A. Jennings, J. Black, C. Allen, “Empirically Bounding of Space Booms with Tape Spring Hinges,” Shock and Vibration, 2013. DOI: 10.3233/SAV-130764
  • A. Jennings, R. Ordonez, “Optimal Inverse Functions Created via Population Based Optimization,” Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics, Part B, IEEE, Conditionally Accepted
  • A. Jennings, R. Ordonez, “Unbounded Motion Optimization by Developmental Learning,” IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics, IEEE, 2013, DOI:10.1109/TSMCB.2012.2226026
  • A. Jennings, J. Black, “Texture-Based Photogrammetry Accuracy on Curved Surfaces,” AIAA Journal, vol 50, No. 5 (2012), pp. 1060-1071. DOI: 10.2514/1.J050956
  • D. Magree, J. Black, A. Jennings, G. Briggs, C. Allen, “Pan-Tilt-Zoom Hybrid Camera System For Dynamic Tracking and Measurement,” AIAA Journal, vol 49, No. 9 (2011), pp. 1988-1999, DOI: 10.2514/1.J050990
  • A. Jennings, J. Black, C. Allen, J. Simpkins, R. Sollars, “Vibrometer Steering System for Dynamic In-flight Tracking and Measurement,” Experimental Mechanics, Springer, Vol 51, No. 1 (2011), pp 71-84, DOI: 10.1007/s11340-010-9337-3
Refereed Conference Publications:
  • A. Jennings, R. Ordonez, “Memory-Based Motion Optimization for Unbounded Resolution,” Computational Intelligence and Bioinformatics, IASTED, 753-31, Nov 2011
  • A. Jennings, R. Ordonez, “Population Based Optimization for Variable Operating Points,” Congress on Evolutionary Computation, IEEE, Jun 2011
  • A. Jennings, R. Ordonez, F. Harmon, “Constrained Near-Optimal Control Using a Numerical Kinetic Solver,” Robotics and Applications, IASTED, 706-21, Nov 2010.
  • A. Jennings, R. Ordonez, N. Ceccarelli, “Waypoint Navigation Heuristic for a Small UAV with Non-uniform Settling Lengths,” Guidance, Navigation and Control, AIAA-2010-8331, Aug 2010.
  • A. Jennings, R. Ordonez, N. Ceccarelli, “Dynamic Programming Applied to UAV Way Point Path Planning in Wind,” International Symposium on Computer-Aided Control System Design, IEEE, Sep 2008
  • A. Jennings, R. Ordonez, N. Ceccarelli, “An Ant Colony Optimization Using Training Data Applied to UAV Way Point Path Planning in Wind,” IEEE Swarm Intelligence Symposium, Sep 2008
Abstract Refereed Conference Publications:
  • A.L. Jennings, J. Black, A.N. Gutierrez, “Geometry and Moments of Bent Tape Springs,” AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference, 2013, DOI: 10.2514/6.2013-1669
  • J. Mason, J. Black, A.L. Jennings, A. Sharp, J. Blandino, J. Lysher, “Validation of a Finite Element Analysis of a Flapping Wing against Inertial and Aeroelastic Responses” AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference, 2013, DOI: 10.2514/6.2013-1708
  • A.L. Jennings, A. Sharp, D. Doyle, J. Black, “Periodic and Average Flapping Wing Force Measurement” AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference, 2013, DOI: 10.2514/6.2013-1709
  • A.L. Jennings, R. Cobb, “Ambient Vibration Testing of a Segmented Mirror Telescope,” AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference, 2013, 10.2514/6.2013-1884
  • A. Jennings, J. Alerding, J. Black, “Flapping Wing Force and Deformation Analysis” AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics and Materials Conference, 2012, DOI: 10.2514/6.2012-1637
  • A. Jennings, D. Magree, C. Allen, J. Black, T. Pace, A. Trinh, “Empirically Based Modeling of Tape Spring Hinge Deployment for Space Structures,” AIAA SPACE 2011 Conference & Exposition, 2011, DOI: 10.2514/6.2011-7249
  • A. Jennings, R. Ordonez, “Biomimetic learning, not learning biomimetics: A survey of developmental learning,” Aerospace and Electronics Conference (NAECON), IEEE, 2010, pp 11-17. DOI: 10.1109/NAECON.2010.5712917
  • A. Jennings, C. Allen, D. Magree, G. Briggs, J. Black, A. Trinh, T. Pace, “Texture Photogrammetry Surface Reconstruction of Membrane Wings Using Tracking Cameras,” AIAA Aerodynamic Measurement Technology and Ground Testing Conference, 2010, DOI: 10.2514/6.2010-4358
  • A. Jennings, D. Magree, G. Briggs, C. Allen, J. Black, M. Jameson, D. Rogers, S.A. Pollock, J. Blandino, “Effect of Camera Setup on Photogrammetry Texture-Based Surface Reconstruction,” AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference, 2010, DOI: 10.2514/6.2010-2749
  • D. Magree, G. Briggs, C. Allen, A. Jennings, S.A. Pollock, J. Black, M. Jameson, D. Rogers, J. Blandino, “Pan Tilt Zoom Camera System for Dynamic In-Flight Tracking and Measurement,” AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference, 2010, DOI: 10.2514/6.2010-2804
  • J. Simpkins, R. Sollars, C. Allen, A. Jennings, J. Black, “Dynamic Performance of Vibrometer Steering System for Dynamic In-Fight Tracking and Measurement,” AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference, 2009, DOI: 10.2514/6.2009-215
 
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MECH 542: Introduction to Finite Element Analysis

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