Jonathan Rogers

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Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2009
  • M.S., Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2007
  • B.S., Physics, Georgetown University, 2006

Contact Information

Tel.: 404-385-1600

Research Interests

Dr. Jonathan Rogers conducts research at the intersection of robotics, nonlinear dynamics, and control system engineering toward the overall goal of developing and improving actively-controlled autonomous vehicles.  Particular research interests include vehicle design, nonlinear control and  estimation, real-time signal processing, and sensor fusion.  Application focus areas range from autonomous ground and marine vehicles to rotorcraft and smart weapons systems.  Specific emphasis is placed on developing a fundamental understanding of theoretical principles with a focus on applying theory to solve real-world problems.  Experimental testing plays a key role in this work to characterize complex interactions that cannot be captured in simulation.

Recently, Dr. Rogers has become interested in morphing vehicle concepts that can exhibit hybrid locomotion or traverse through more than one type of media.  The inspiration for this work stems from biological systems – for instance, sea birds are extremely efficient in flight but also prove to be powerful underwater swimmers for short durations.  Novel vehicle configurations and designs are required to enable this type of operational flexibility.  The “Pterodactyl” morphing aircraft currently under development is one such vehicle that can obtain highly efficient forward flight while maintaining vertical lift capability.