Eric N. Johnson is the Lockheed Martin Associate Professor of Avionics Integration in the School of Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Tech , and Director of the UAV Research Facility there. He is an Aerospace Engineer and Instrument-Rated Pilot, experienced in: aerodynamics, stability & control, flight simulation (including dynamic modeling and scene generation), aerospace software, flight test, human factors, and guidance/navigation/control systems.
GTMax Research UAV
Research UAV Operations
His research interests include: fault tolerant estimation and control theory; and digital avionics system design and integration. He performs research sponsored by a variety of sources, including: The National Science Foundation , AFOSR , DARPA , NASA , AFRL/VACA , and Lockheed Martin . Major research programs include the Active-Vision Control Systems program and the Software Enabled Control program, as well as the development of several research Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). A majority of this research is conducted in the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Research Facility at Georgia Tech. Highlights of their work has been neural network adaptive flight control of a number of different aircraft, vision-based guidance/navigation/control, autonomous aggressive maneuvering, the first air-launch of a hovering aircraft, and automatic flight of an airplane all the way to zero airspeed and back to forward flight.
Helispy/GTSpy Research UAV
First Air Launch of a Hovering Aircraft (GTSpy Launched from GTMax)
John Christian, Aerospace Engineering Senior, Testing a Microgravity Experiment on a NASA KC-135A in 2003
Winning Entry in the 2001 Aerial Robotics Competition
Prior to becoming an Assistant Professor at Georgia Tech, Eric Johnson was a Senior Engineer at the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company (Marietta, GA) in the Advanced Design Department, which primarily does airplane conceptual and preliminary design. Projects included: C-5 Avionics Modernization Program, Real-Time Information in the Cockpit (RTIC), Common Support Aircraft, and simulator and flight test work on the C-130J. He has also supported the Southern Polytechnic Aerial Robotics Team with flight control system development as an industry advisor.
He has also worked in the Simulation Laboratory at The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory , where he did primarily vehicle system simulation and system integration work. He was involved in a wide variety of projects, including: NMRS mine-detecting unmanned underwater vehicle, Draper Small Autonomous Aerial Vehicle (DSAAV), ASDS mini-submarine, AH-1 Cobra, A-10, ERGM (guided munition), Hunter UAV, and Kistler K-1 re-usable launch vehicle. He received two Recognition Awards, one for the victory of the MIT/BU/Draper team at the 1996 AUVSI Aerial Robotics Competition . They made a 6 ft. helicopter fly itself using an integrated GPS/INS/Sonar/Compass navigation system and added a working image processing subsystem in less than 6 months.
DSAAV, small autonomous helicopter and winner of the 1996 AUVSI Aerial Robotics Competition
Prior to this, he worked as a graduate research assistant at MIT , in the Aeronautical Systems Laboratory (ASL) . He earned a Master of Science degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics . While there, he designed and implemented a multi-agent simulation architecture, now used for human factors experiments and human centered design analysis. This system is ideal for the testing of traffic displays and alerting systems. In his spare time, he did the dynamic models, AI, and graphics objects for a shareware WWI-era combat flight simulator. But more importantly, he met his future wife Amy Pritchett while at MIT. Their son Elliot was born in May of 2004.
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Prior to this, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics Engineering from the University of Washington in less than three years. Also during that time, he worked at the University of Washington Aeronautical Laboratory (Kirsten Wind Tunnel, 8x12 ft test section). He was the data reduction crew chief for the final six months, managing 9 undergraduate students. His duties included wind tunnel data reduction, test planning, and wind tunnel operations. The projects included: Boeing projects (757, 767, 777, HSCT), cars/trucks, and research projects.
Eric flying with his friend Scott Riddell in about 1984 (Eric is hooking up the tow line)
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