AutonoNAS Airspace Management System Shows Promise
Aero-News has just
received word from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University that a team
of 20 ERAU Computer and Software Engineering students recently took
first place in the Junior/Senior design category of the American
Society of Engineering Education Southeastern Section conference
competition, with an autonomous national airspace system that
controls aircraft movement between airports.
The Embry-Riddle team demonstrated their AutonoNAS project, an
unmanned flight system that can autonomously taxi, take-off,
navigate, and land multiple aircraft. This simulated environment
system provides collision avoidance and routing from a
plane’s departure to its destination.
"Our student team’s project has tremendous potential for
application in the real world," said Dr. Massood Towhidnejad,
chairman of Embry-Riddle’s Computer and Software Engineering
Department and advisor to the team. "As expected increases in air
traffic materialize, systems such as AutonoNAS can help optimize
the capacity of our national airspace."
The students created the AutonoNAS system as part of their
two-semester capstone project, which is required to complete the
B.S. degrees in Computer and Software Engineering at Embry-Riddle.
ERAU's team of undergraduate students, as well as 20 other teams
representing 13 other colleges, competed in four categories at the
ASEE-SE annual meeting and conference held April 2-4 at the
University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa.
The Embry-Riddle team
consisted of students Ashley Adams, Jaya Aswani, William Bach, Paul
Brandau, Romain Cherchi, Nicolas Chevalier, Samuel Chilcote, Jay
Daw, Ken Evensen, Nolen Glore, Daniel Gustavsson, Damien Granveaux,
Jonathan Jaynes, Il Hwan Lee, Matt Link, Esteban Lugo, Stuart
Meyers, Nathan Neitzke, John Shingler, and Joey Wallace. They were
divided into six groups: Graphical User Interface, Flight
System, Data System, Control System, Operating System, and
Dr. Towhidnejad’s co-advisor to the team was Farahzad
Behi, associate professor of computing at Embry-Riddle, with
support from graduate student assistant Jayson Clifford.
Some of the schools represented at the ASEE-SE student
competition included The Citadel, Mercer University, Mississippi
State, University of Alabama, University of Tennessee-Chattanooga,
University of Alabama-Birmingham, University of Puerto Rico,
Virginia Military Institute, and Virginia State.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is the world’s
largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and