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Ahmad Bani Younes
Ph.D., Texas A&M University

Guidance, Navigation and Astronautics
Space Robotics and Computational Vision  
Optimization, Estimation and Control Applications in Dynamical Systems

Email:   abaniyounes@sdsu.edu
Office:   E-212     


Research Interest:

Dr. Bani Younes has worked on a wide range of space research topics, including the development of fast and high fidelity gravity model for the earth anomalies; fast and efficient trajectories propagation for satellite motions; optimal control theory, which is focused on spacecraft Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GNC) issues, trajectory generation, spacecraft attitude tracking, and feedback control methodologies; and, algorithms development for optimization theory, perturbation theory, orbital motion, and very broadly algorithmic differentiation for automatically generating first- through fourth-order mixed sets of partial derivatives.

Dr. Bani Younes has worked on designing and developing estimation, control and navigation sensors algorithms. He has developed advanced modeling and simulation tools for supporting high precision trajectory calculations for orbital systems. After his successful achieving in building the Spacecraft Platform for Astronautics & Celestial Emulation (SPACE) at Khalifa University, he is currently developing a Space GNC and astronautics laboratory in SDSU. It aims to be a 6DOF facility that supports comprehensive studies and hardware experiments for sensing, guidance, dynamics, & control of space operations in an operationally relevant environment. The lab conducts research in robotic sensing and control with an aim to enhance the fields of proximity operations, human-robot interaction, stereo vision, swarm robotics, and autonomous aerial vehicles.

Sampled Publications:

1. Alshawaqfeh M., Serpedin E., Younes A., “Inferring microbial interaction networks from metagenomic data using SgLV-EKF algorithm,” BMC Genomics. 2017, 18 (Suppl 3), 228. (doi:10.1186/s12864-017-3605-x).

2. Bani Younes A. and Turner J., “Derivative Enhanced Optimal Feedback Control Using Computational Differentiation,” International Journal of Applied & Experimental Mathematics, Volume 1. 2016. 112 (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.15344/ijaem/2016/112).

3. Junkins, J. L., Bani Younes, A., Woollands, R., and Bai, X., “Efficient and Adaptive Orthogonal Finite Element Representation of the Geopotential,” Journal of the Astronautical Sciences, 2017. Pp.1-38. (doi: 10.1007/s40295-016-0111-3).

4. Bani Younes A., and Turner J., “Semi-Analytic Probability Density Function for System Uncertainty,” ASCE-ASME Journal of Risk and Uncertainty in Engineering Systems, Part B: Mechanical Engineering, Vol. 2, Issue 4, RISK-16-1041, 2016, (doi: 10.1115/1.4033886).

5. Read J., Bani Younes A., and Junkins J., “Efficient Orbit Propagation of Orbital Elements Using Modified Chebyshev Picard Iteration Method,” Journal of Computer Modeling in Engineering and Sciences (CMES): Special Issue on Computational Methods in Astrodynamics, Vol. 111, No. 1: pp. 65-81, 2016.

6. Turner J., Alnaqeb A., and Bani Younes A., “Continued Fraction Cartesian to Geodetic Coordinate Transformation,” Journal of Computer Modeling in Engineering and Sciences (CMES): Special Issue on Computational Methods in Astrodynamics, Vol. 111, No. 3: pp. 257-267, 2016.

7. Woollands, R., Bani Younes A. and Junkins, J. L., “New Solutions for Lambert’s Problem Utilizing Regularization and Picard Iteration,” Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics (AIAA), Vol. 38, No. 9 : pp. 1548-1562, September 2015, (doi: 10.2514/1.G001028).

8. Reed J., Bani Younes A., Macomber B., Junkins, J. L. and Turner J., “State Transition Matrix for Perturbed Orbital Motion using Modified Chebyshev Picard Iteration,” Journal of the Astronautical Sciences, Vol. 62, No. 2: pp. 148-167, June 2015, (doi: 10.1007/s40295-015-0051-3).

9. Bani Younes A., Mortari, D., Turner J. D., and Junkins, J. L., “Attitude Error Kinematics,” Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics (AIAA), Vol. 37, No. 1, pp. 330-336, June 2014, (doi: 10.2514/1.60928).

10. Junkins, J. L., Bani Younes, A., Woollands, R., and Bai, X., “Picard Iteration, Chebyshev Polynomials and Chebyshev Picard Methods: Application in Astrodynamics,” Journal of the Astronautical Sciences, Vol. 60, No. 3: pp. 623-653, December 2013.

11. Bani Younes A., and Turner J. D., “Generalized Algorithms for Least Squares Optimization for Nonlinear Observation Models and Newton’s Method,” Journal of the Astronautical Sciences, Vol. 60, No. 3: pp. 517-540, December 2013.

12. Hasan Z. and Bani Younes A., “Analyzing Nonlinear Flexible Structures using Perturbation Approach,” ASME Early Career Technical Journal, Vol. 9. No. 13, pp. 96-104, 2010.


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