Dr. Siva S. Banda is a senior scientist at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, USA. He performs and directs research and development activities at the AFRL Center of Excellence in Control Science. His primary responsibility is the transition of basic research results from control theory to the aerospace industry.

Dr. Banda has written or co-written more than 160 archival articles and nine technical reports and books, and he has delivered more than 60 invited lectures. He is a technical adviser to the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Office of Naval Research, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Research Council and several leading academic institutions worldwide. He served as an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, an editor of the International Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control, and an editor of the Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics. He is the Vice Chair for the contributed papers of the 2001 American Control Conference, the General Chairman of the 2002 AIAA Guidance, Navigation and Control Conference, and a former board member of the American Automatic Control Council.

He is a Fellow of the Air Force Research Laboratory, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Royal Aeronautical Society. He is the recipient of the 2000 IEEE Control Systems Technology Award.


Current Research and Open Problems in Control Science: An Air Force Research Laboratory Perspective

The United States Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is committed to the aggressive development of advanced control technology and its transition to both industry and the warfighter to improve weapon system performance and affordability. Unmanned air vehicles (UAV) and access to space are some of the major technology thrusts at AFRL. An overview of current research activities supporting these thrusts will be given. Topics such as close coupled formation flight control of UAVís, cooperative control, cooperative classification, reconfigurable control of transatmospheric vehicles, precision station keeping of microsatellite clusters, and control of aerodynamic flows will be addressed. Future directions and open research problems in these specific topics will be interlaced in the presentation. By focusing on a slice of AFRL research efforts on a spectrum of aerospace applications, the session should provide attendees an appreciation for controls research and open challenges from the Air Force perspective.