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  • Center of Autonomy and AI, Center for Cyber-Physical Systems and the Internet of Things, and Ming Hsieh Institute Seminar Series (Part 1)

    Wed, Apr 13, 2022 @ 02:00 PM - 02:30 PM

    Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Prakash Sarathy, Northrop Grumman Global Products (1st Speaker)

    Series: Center for Cyber-Physical Systems and Internet of Things

    Abstract: Increasing tempo and complexity of missions for aircraft and space vehicles has driven the design of such systems to higher levels of autonomous operations. Consequently, the challenges of ensuring a safe and secure operational regime have been rapidly escalating. While a number of techniques, new and old, are available to address different facets of these challenges, what seems to be missing is some cohesive approach or framework that can support the total design lifecycle while lowering the cost and risk of a successful design and deployment of such cyber-physical systems.

    This talk will focus on some of these challenges and where overlaps exist in the safety and security needs and in its eventual resolution within a software and hardware design. Some notable approaches and methodologies will be discussed briefly to highlight the potential of such convergence as well as some mention of current state-of-practice in software and hardware verification, validation, and accreditations (VV&A).

    Biography: Dr. Prakash Sarathy is the Chief Engineer for common mission processing subsystem for Northrop Grumman Global Products center. He earned his doctoral degree in Aerospace Engineering from Syracuse University. He has held positions as post-doctoral fellow, research engineer and tenured engineering faculty in his prior career. He has over 30 years of experience in the area of software applied to aerospace engineering, providing technical and project/program management and oversight for advanced technology programs requiring accelerated risk burn down and rapid maturation. His technical expertise areas include cooperative distributed architectures for multi-agent systems, cooperative decision frameworks, agent architectures for mission management, aggregate control of distributed assets, user interface design for aggregate level situational awareness. Insertion of neural networks, evolutionary computing and emergent behavior to decision making paradigms. This software engineering expertise coupled with his in-depth experience in linear and nonlinear dynamics of vehicle systems, applied to guidance, navigation and control of aircraft, spacecraft, and robots as well as of real-time and embedded simulations, high fidelity modeling, implementation, VV&A, formal methods, and testing, provide an excellent framework for the challenges of next generation autonomous aircraft. He has spearheaded an effort to assemble a feasible set of methodologies to establish bounded behavior assurance for advanced autonomous missions under contested operating conditions.

    Host: Pierluigi Nuzzo, nuzzo@usc.edu

    Webcast: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_zyIBh_1gQLmKpMJG0GyLxw

    Location: Online

    WebCast Link: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_zyIBh_1gQLmKpMJG0GyLxw

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Talyia White


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