Instrumentation Research at Edwards Air Force Base

Dr. Charles H. Jones, Instrumentation Research Coordinator, USAF

Friday, November 30, 2007, 3:30pm

Spanos Auditorium

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This seminar is part of the Jones Seminars on Science, Technology, and Society series

This presentation will discuss research programs at Edwards AFB. The topics will overlap areas of test and evaluation, mathematics, computer science, physics, electronics, aerospace, and telemetry. People interested in potential research topics, career paths, or leading edge technologies are encouraged to attend. The first part of the presentation will introduce the process of test and evaluation of aircraft which is the primary activity at Edwards AFB. This requires extensive instrumentation on the aircraft, real time monitoring of flights using telemetry, and considerable post-flight data analysis. The second part of the presentation will overview some current research. Areas discussed include smart sensors, power line communications, telemetry spectrum issues, hypersonics (Mach 6+), and other misc. topics. The third part of the presentation will overview some research funding mechanisms available at Edwards. These include Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) grants and Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contracts.

About the Speaker

Charles Jones received a BA from Bucknell University and a PhD from Washington State University in mathematics. He has over 20 years experience in the aerospace industry. He currently works for the Engineering Division at Edwards Air Force Base as an Instrumentation Research Engineer. He is involved in long term planning to research and develop new technologies for aircraft instrumentation. Areas of research include smart sensors (in particular, IEEE 1451), various techniques for reducing instrumentation installation costs, hypersonics, telemetry and spectrum efficiency.