Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistant
Tennessee State University
Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
Center of Excellence for Battlefield Sensor Fusion
- Master of Engineering, Tennessee State University (May 2012)
- B.S., Mathematics and Physical Science, Freed-Hardeman University
- B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Tennessee State University
Our current work is related to a previous project in the area of modeling and simulation. In that project, we modeled vertical take-off and landing unmanned aerial vehicle (VTOL-UAV) flight for surveillance of outdoor urban areas. Virtual images captured from the perspective of the UAV were used to identify a vehicle of interest fitting a particular description within a zone containing several passenger vehicles of various types and colors.
In the current project, we are continuing to develop visually realistic scenarios within virtual environments that contain a variety of objects (e.g., aerial and ground vehicles, humanoids). The aim is to use images of the scenarios to design intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) team autonomy algorithms for a group of VTOL-UAVs. In a related project, other students will be developing methods of analysis of the still images and video of occurrences within such scenarios to identify occurrences and their significance. The algorithms can then be used to train static or dynamic camera systems to isolate and identify suspicious activities or people in a surveillance area using real-time visual inspection. The simulator will later be used for the testing of algorithms applied to virtual objects modeled after autonomous UAVs. The images below illustrate the wide range of virtual objects and environments that can and have been simulated so far; virtual simulation has proven to be a powerful tool for generating still images and video for processing and algorithm development.
Battlefield Intelligence, Homeland Security applications, Border Monitoring and many other civilian applications.
Past Research Activities:
- Contributed to development of defect detection software
- Produced computer-aided design models of image capture setup
- Generated image processing algorithms
- Researched diagnostic and prognostic maintenance methodologies
- Created computer programs for stepper motor control, serial communication
- Developed a virtual simulator of multi-rotor unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) flight for automated surveillance application algorithm development
Dr. Amir Shirkhodaie
Director, Center of Excellence for Battlefield Sensor Fusion
Tennessee State University
Dept. of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
3500 John A. Merritt Blvd., Nashville, TN 37209