Dr David Anderson

  • Senior Lecturer (Aerospace Sciences)

telephone: 01413305918
email: Dave.Anderson@glasgow.ac.uk

Research interests

Biography

Dr Anderson was awarded a first class honours degree in aeronautical engineering from the University of Glasgow in 1994. He then completed his PhD study (thesis entitled “active control of turbulence induced helicopter vibration”), also from Glasgow University in 1997. Following this he was employed as a senior sightline control engineer by SELEX Galileo Sensors & Airborne Systems (then BAE SYSTEMS) in Edinburgh where he designed the precision pointing & stabilisation controllers on a number of airborne electro-optic systems. In 2001 he moved to industrial systems & control to take a position as a principal technical consultant. This role was principally one of technology transfer with Dr Anderson providing research support to the Industrial Control Centre at the University of Strathclyde and then ‘re-interpreting’ these results for industrial clients in the aerospace, defence and automotive sectors. In 2004 he re-joined the University of Glasgow as a lecturer in aerospace systems and was promoted to senior lecturer in 2011.

Research Interests

Dr Anderson has a number of research interests all centred on the general theme of autonomous systems, with particular emphasis on Survivability and Airborne Surveillance (SAS).

  • Nonlinear Sightline Control. This research topic centres on new methods for pointing & stabilisation, image processing and target tracking for (prediminantly) airborne electro-optic systems.
  • Multi-Agent, Multi-Resolution Simulation. Development of large-scale, multiple fidelity battlefield simulation for operational analysis through to detailed engineering simulation using a proprietary simulation engine.
  • Platform Survivability. Integration of sightline and nonlinear flight control techniques for maximising the survivability of rotorcraft to rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) attack.
  • Guidance,Navigation & Control. Researching novel algorithms for single and multi-platform GNC. Application areas include robust path planning, swarm control, missile guidance etc.
  • Rotocraft Simulation. Conventional forward and inverse simulation of rotorcraft.

Expertise

Dr Anderson has significant expertise in the general areas of modelling, simulation and control of complex systems. In particular he has over 15 years experience of writing aircraft flight mechanics codes for both fixed and rotary-wing aircraft in both low-level (fortran, C++) and high-level (MATLAB, SIMULINK, Mathcad) API’s. He also has experience in the systems engineering design and modelling of airborne electro-optic systems, radar, inertial navigation systems and integrated control solutions. He also has extensive experience of experimental test and validation of his control codes (C/C++ and LabVIEW) as several of his designs are currently deployed on in-service equipment.

Selected publications

Grants

  1. EPSRC Grant GR/S91024/01 – “Improved Inverse Simulation Using Nonlinear Predictive Methods”, October 2004-March 2008, Value £153,285. (Co-Holder Dr D. Thomson)

  2. SELEX Sensors & Airborne Systems, “High bandwidth Laser Spot Tracking Control”, 2006, Value £10,000.

  3. EPSRC Grant EP/D057558/1 – “Nonlinear Sightline Control”, Sept. 2006 – Sept. 2008, Value £117,275.

  4. SELEX Sensors & Airborne Systems, “Development of Evolutionary and Robust Design Tools for Optimal Tuning of Stabilisation Loops”, 2007, Value £7,500.

  5. SELEX Sensors & Airborne Systems, “Nadir MPC Implementation Improvement Study”, 2008, Value £5000.

  6. EPSRC Grant EP/F031734/1 – “Nonlinear High Performance Real-time Control”, Aug 2009 – July 2010, Value £108,399.

  7. SELEX Galileo, “SELEX Galileo Unmanned Airborne Systems laboratory”, July 2010-June 2013. Value £10,000.

  8. Innovation Network First-Step Award, “Rapidly deployable micro-UAV feasibility study”, June 2010-August 2010. Value £5000.

  9. SELEX Galileo CASE Study Student Sponsorship, “A Theoretical and Experimental Investigation of Complexity Issues in Multi-Fidelity Aerospace Systems Models”, September 2010-May 2014. Value £24,500.

  10. Boeing Commercial Aircraft, Seattle "Ed Wells Initiative Invited Training Course – Optimisation in Aerospace Control". March 2011. Value £1500.

  11. DSTL, "Risk Assessment of Helicopter Platform Threats in Current Operational Scenarios", April 2011 – June 2011. Value £31,000. (Co-Holder Dr D. Thomson).

  12. DSTO “Novel Modelling and Simulation Techniques for Helicopter Operations Research”. Nov 2011 –May 2015. Value £105,000 (Co-Holder Dr D. Thomson)

Supervision

Current Students

N. Nunes “Assessing Helicopter Survivability to Ground Launched Projectiles Using Multi-Fidelity Simulation”, M.Sc.

S. Shahrul “Improved Autogyro Flying Qualities Using Automatic Control Methods”, PhD.

M. Ireland "A Theoretical and Experimental Investigation of Complexity Issues in Multi-Fidelity Aerospace Systems Models", PhD.

Teaching

  • Aerospace control 1. MSc course (10 credits) now offered as the de-facto control course for 4th year across the school and the MSc's.
  • Real-Time Control & Hardware Implementation (10 credit MSc).
  • Avionics Systems 4 (20 credit Undergraduate).
  • Navigation (10 credits MSc).
  • Radar & Electro-Optic Systems (10 credits MSc).
  • Team Design Project 3 (10 credits Undergraduate).
  • Team Design Project 4 (10 credits Undergraduate). Course to be delivered in 2012/2013 session
  • Systems Engineering Process 4 (10 credits Undergraduate). Course to be delivered in 2012/2013 session.
  • Advanced Control Systems Engineering 5 (20 Credits level 5 Undergraduate).

All publications

List by: Type | Date

Jump to: 2017 | 2015 | 2014 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2003
Number of items: 33.

2017

Ireland, M. and Anderson, D. (2017) Optimisation of trajectories for wireless power transmission to a quadrotor aerial robot. Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems, (Accepted for Publication)

Murray, C. W.A. and Anderson, D. (2017) A CFD based procedure for airspace integration of small unmanned aircraft within congested areas. International Journal of Micro Air Vehicles, (doi:10.1177/1756829316669957) (Early Online Publication)

Ferguson, K., Thomson, D. and Anderson, D. (2017) Investigation of a Compound Helicopter Flying the Depart and Abort Mission Task Element. AHS Rotorcraft Handling Qualities Conference, Huntsville, AL, USA, 22-23 Feb 2017.

2015

Ireland, M. L., Vargas, A. and Anderson, D. (2015) A comparison of closed-loop performance of multirotor configurations using non-linear dynamic inversion control. Aerospace, 2(2), pp. 325-352. (doi:10.3390/aerospace2020325)

Ireland, M., Anderson, D., Thomson, D., Ferguson, K., Chandran, A. and Ibal, G. (2015) CHOPPA-M: Development, Capabilities & Applications to Helicopter Operations Research. In: American Helicopter Society 71st Annual Forum, Virginia Beach, VA, USA, 5-7 May 2015,

Vargas, A., Ireland, M. and Anderson, D. (2015) System Identification of multi-rotor UAVs using echo state networks. In: AUVSI's Unmanned Systems 2015, Atlanta, GA, USA, 4-7 May 2015,

Ferguson, K., Thomson, D., Anderson, D., Ireland, M., Tu, Z., Manso, S., Chandran, A. and Ibal, G. (2015) Comparing the Flight Dynamics Characteristics of Tandem and Conventional Helicopters for the Purposes of Automatic Control. In: 41st European Rotorcraft Forum, Munich, Germany, 01-04 Sep 2015,

Ireland, M. L. and Anderson, D. (2015) An investigation of the effects of model resolution on control of a quadrotor micro air vehicle. International Journal of Unmanned Systems Engineering, 3(1), pp. 17-25. (doi:10.14323/ijuseng.2015.2)

Vargas, A., Ireland, M. L. and Anderson, D. (2015) Swing-free manoeuvre controller for rotorcraft unmanned aerial vehicle slung-load system using echo state networks. International Journal of Unmanned Systems Engineering, 3(1), pp. 26-37. (doi:10.14323/ijuseng.2015.3)

2014

Ireland, M. and Anderson, D. (2014) An investigation of the effects of model resolution on control of a quadrotor micro air vehicle. In: 1st World Congress on Unmanned Systems Engineering, Oxford, UK, 29 Jul - 01 Aug 2014,

Vargas, A., Ireland, M. and Anderson, D. (2014) Swing free manoeuvre controller for RUAS slung-load system using ESN. In: 1st World Congress on Unmanned Systems Engineering, Oxford, UK, 29 Jul-01 Aug 2014,

Murray, C.W.A., Ireland, M. and Anderson, D. (2014) On the response of an autonomous quadrotor operating in a turbulent urban environment. In: AUVSI’s Unmanned Systems Conference, Orlando, FL, USA, 12-15 May 2014,

Anderson, D. and Thomson, D. (2014) Analyzing helicopter evasive maneuver effectiveness against rocket-propelled grenades. Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, 37(1), pp. 277-289. (doi:10.2514/1.59318)

2012

Ireland, M. and Anderson, D. (2012) Development of Navigation Algorithms for Nap-of-the-Earth UAV Flight in a Constrained Urban Environment. In: ICAS 2012 - 28th Congress of the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences, Brisbane, Australia, 23rd - 28th September 2012, ISBN 9780956533319

Bagiev, M., Thomson, D.G., Anderson, D. and Murray-Smith, D. (2012) Predictive inverse simulation of helicopters in aggressive manoeuvring flight. Aeronautical Journal, 116(1175), pp. 87-98.

2011

Anderson, D. (2011) Evolutionary algorithms in airborne surveillance systems: image enhancement via optimal sightline control. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Part C: Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science, 225(10), pp. 1097-1108. (doi:10.1177/0954410011413014)

Hall, J. and Anderson, D. (2011) Reactive route selection from pre-calculated trajectories - application to micro-UAV path planning. Aeronautical Journal, 115(1172), pp. 635-640.

2010

Anderson, D. (2010) Evolutionary optimization for tuning nonlinear airborne sightline controllers using an image-based quality metric. In: SPIE Defence, Security & Sensing Conference, Orlando, USA, 5-9 Apr 2010, p. 769618. (doi:10.1117/12.849524)

Anderson, D. and Thomson, D. (2010) Simulating effectiveness of helicopter evasive manoeuvres to RPG attack. In: SPIE Defence, Security & Sensing Conference Paper Number 77050N, Orlando, USA, 5-9 April 2010, (doi:10.1117/12.849520)

Savvidis, P., Anderson, D. and Grimble, M.; (2010) Application of nonlinear generalised minimum variance to the nadir problem in 2-axis gimbal pointing and stabilization. In: SPIE Defence, Security & Sensing Conference, Orlando, USA, 5-9 Apr 2010, 76961I. (doi:10.1117/12.849523)

2009

Anderson, D. and Thomson, D.G. (2009) Improving rotorcraft survivability to RPG attack using inverse methods. Proceedings of the SPIE: The International Society for Optical Engineering, 7483, 74830M. (doi:10.1117/12.832298)

Anderson, D., McGookin, M. and Brignall, N. (2009) Fast model predictive control of the nadir singularity in electro-optic systems. Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, 32(2), pp. 626-632. (doi:10.2514/1.30762)

Anderson, D. and Carson, K. (2009) Integrated variable-fidelity modeling for remote sensing system design. Proceedings of the SPIE: The International Society for Optical Engineering, 7483, 74830O. (doi:10.1117/12.832633)

2008

McGookin, M., Anderson, D. and McGookin, E. (2008) Application of MPC and sliding mode control to IFAC benchmark models. In: UKACC International Conference on Control 2008, Manchester, UK, 2-4 Sept 2008,

2007

Anderson, D., McDonald, M., Ingleby, P. and Brignall, N. (2007) Sightline jitter minimisation and shaping using nonlinear friction compensation. International Journal of Optomechatronics, 1(3), pp. 259-283. (doi:10.1080/15599610701548837)

Anderson, D. (2007) Multirate and nonlinear controllers for low-cost laser tracking systems. In: 17th IFAC Symposium on Automatic Control in Aerospace, Toulouse, France, June 2007,

Bagiev, M., Thomson, D.G., Anderson, D. and Murray-Smith, D. (2007) Adding realism to inverse simulation of helicopters in aggressive maneuvering flight using a receding horizon approach. In: 63rd Annual Forum of the American Helicopter Society, Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA, 1-3 May 2007,

Bagiev, M., Thomson, D.G., Anderson, D. and Murray-Smith, D. (2007) Hybrid inverse methods for helicopters in aggressive manoeuvring flight. In: 17th IFAC Symposium on Automatic Control in Aerospace, Toulouse, France, June 2007,

2003

Anderson, D. (2003) Modification of a generalised inverse simulation technique for rotorcraft flight. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Part G: Journal of Aerospace Engineering, 217(2), pp. 61-74. (doi:10.1243/095441003765208727)

Anderson, D. (2003) Helicopter vibration induced by highly structured turbulence. Journal of the American Helicopter Society, 48, pp. 244-252.

Anderson, D. (2003) Application of H Control to a Variable Resonance Stabilisation Mechanism. In: European Control Conference ECC 2003, Cambridge, England,

Anderson, D. and Brignall, N. (2003) Application of H control to a variable resonance stabilisation mechanism. In: European Control Conference ECC 2003, Cambridge, England, 1-4 Sept 2003,

Youssef, A., Grimble, M., Ordys, A., Dutka, A. and Anderson, D. (2003) Robust nonlinear predictive flight control. In: European Control Conference ECC 2003, Cambridge, England, 1-4 Sept 2003,

This list was generated on Tue Oct 17 17:56:12 2017 BST.
Number of items: 33.

Articles

Ireland, M. and Anderson, D. (2017) Optimisation of trajectories for wireless power transmission to a quadrotor aerial robot. Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems, (Accepted for Publication)

Murray, C. W.A. and Anderson, D. (2017) A CFD based procedure for airspace integration of small unmanned aircraft within congested areas. International Journal of Micro Air Vehicles, (doi:10.1177/1756829316669957) (Early Online Publication)

Ireland, M. L., Vargas, A. and Anderson, D. (2015) A comparison of closed-loop performance of multirotor configurations using non-linear dynamic inversion control. Aerospace, 2(2), pp. 325-352. (doi:10.3390/aerospace2020325)

Ireland, M. L. and Anderson, D. (2015) An investigation of the effects of model resolution on control of a quadrotor micro air vehicle. International Journal of Unmanned Systems Engineering, 3(1), pp. 17-25. (doi:10.14323/ijuseng.2015.2)

Vargas, A., Ireland, M. L. and Anderson, D. (2015) Swing-free manoeuvre controller for rotorcraft unmanned aerial vehicle slung-load system using echo state networks. International Journal of Unmanned Systems Engineering, 3(1), pp. 26-37. (doi:10.14323/ijuseng.2015.3)

Anderson, D. and Thomson, D. (2014) Analyzing helicopter evasive maneuver effectiveness against rocket-propelled grenades. Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, 37(1), pp. 277-289. (doi:10.2514/1.59318)

Bagiev, M., Thomson, D.G., Anderson, D. and Murray-Smith, D. (2012) Predictive inverse simulation of helicopters in aggressive manoeuvring flight. Aeronautical Journal, 116(1175), pp. 87-98.

Anderson, D. (2011) Evolutionary algorithms in airborne surveillance systems: image enhancement via optimal sightline control. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Part C: Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science, 225(10), pp. 1097-1108. (doi:10.1177/0954410011413014)

Hall, J. and Anderson, D. (2011) Reactive route selection from pre-calculated trajectories - application to micro-UAV path planning. Aeronautical Journal, 115(1172), pp. 635-640.

Anderson, D. and Thomson, D.G. (2009) Improving rotorcraft survivability to RPG attack using inverse methods. Proceedings of the SPIE: The International Society for Optical Engineering, 7483, 74830M. (doi:10.1117/12.832298)

Anderson, D., McGookin, M. and Brignall, N. (2009) Fast model predictive control of the nadir singularity in electro-optic systems. Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, 32(2), pp. 626-632. (doi:10.2514/1.30762)

Anderson, D. and Carson, K. (2009) Integrated variable-fidelity modeling for remote sensing system design. Proceedings of the SPIE: The International Society for Optical Engineering, 7483, 74830O. (doi:10.1117/12.832633)

Anderson, D., McDonald, M., Ingleby, P. and Brignall, N. (2007) Sightline jitter minimisation and shaping using nonlinear friction compensation. International Journal of Optomechatronics, 1(3), pp. 259-283. (doi:10.1080/15599610701548837)

Anderson, D. (2003) Modification of a generalised inverse simulation technique for rotorcraft flight. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Part G: Journal of Aerospace Engineering, 217(2), pp. 61-74. (doi:10.1243/095441003765208727)

Anderson, D. (2003) Helicopter vibration induced by highly structured turbulence. Journal of the American Helicopter Society, 48, pp. 244-252.

Conference or Workshop Item

Ferguson, K., Thomson, D. and Anderson, D. (2017) Investigation of a Compound Helicopter Flying the Depart and Abort Mission Task Element. AHS Rotorcraft Handling Qualities Conference, Huntsville, AL, USA, 22-23 Feb 2017.

Conference Proceedings

Ireland, M., Anderson, D., Thomson, D., Ferguson, K., Chandran, A. and Ibal, G. (2015) CHOPPA-M: Development, Capabilities & Applications to Helicopter Operations Research. In: American Helicopter Society 71st Annual Forum, Virginia Beach, VA, USA, 5-7 May 2015,

Vargas, A., Ireland, M. and Anderson, D. (2015) System Identification of multi-rotor UAVs using echo state networks. In: AUVSI's Unmanned Systems 2015, Atlanta, GA, USA, 4-7 May 2015,

Ferguson, K., Thomson, D., Anderson, D., Ireland, M., Tu, Z., Manso, S., Chandran, A. and Ibal, G. (2015) Comparing the Flight Dynamics Characteristics of Tandem and Conventional Helicopters for the Purposes of Automatic Control. In: 41st European Rotorcraft Forum, Munich, Germany, 01-04 Sep 2015,

Ireland, M. and Anderson, D. (2014) An investigation of the effects of model resolution on control of a quadrotor micro air vehicle. In: 1st World Congress on Unmanned Systems Engineering, Oxford, UK, 29 Jul - 01 Aug 2014,

Vargas, A., Ireland, M. and Anderson, D. (2014) Swing free manoeuvre controller for RUAS slung-load system using ESN. In: 1st World Congress on Unmanned Systems Engineering, Oxford, UK, 29 Jul-01 Aug 2014,

Murray, C.W.A., Ireland, M. and Anderson, D. (2014) On the response of an autonomous quadrotor operating in a turbulent urban environment. In: AUVSI’s Unmanned Systems Conference, Orlando, FL, USA, 12-15 May 2014,

Ireland, M. and Anderson, D. (2012) Development of Navigation Algorithms for Nap-of-the-Earth UAV Flight in a Constrained Urban Environment. In: ICAS 2012 - 28th Congress of the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences, Brisbane, Australia, 23rd - 28th September 2012, ISBN 9780956533319

Anderson, D. (2010) Evolutionary optimization for tuning nonlinear airborne sightline controllers using an image-based quality metric. In: SPIE Defence, Security & Sensing Conference, Orlando, USA, 5-9 Apr 2010, p. 769618. (doi:10.1117/12.849524)

Anderson, D. and Thomson, D. (2010) Simulating effectiveness of helicopter evasive manoeuvres to RPG attack. In: SPIE Defence, Security & Sensing Conference Paper Number 77050N, Orlando, USA, 5-9 April 2010, (doi:10.1117/12.849520)

Savvidis, P., Anderson, D. and Grimble, M.; (2010) Application of nonlinear generalised minimum variance to the nadir problem in 2-axis gimbal pointing and stabilization. In: SPIE Defence, Security & Sensing Conference, Orlando, USA, 5-9 Apr 2010, 76961I. (doi:10.1117/12.849523)

McGookin, M., Anderson, D. and McGookin, E. (2008) Application of MPC and sliding mode control to IFAC benchmark models. In: UKACC International Conference on Control 2008, Manchester, UK, 2-4 Sept 2008,

Anderson, D. (2007) Multirate and nonlinear controllers for low-cost laser tracking systems. In: 17th IFAC Symposium on Automatic Control in Aerospace, Toulouse, France, June 2007,

Bagiev, M., Thomson, D.G., Anderson, D. and Murray-Smith, D. (2007) Adding realism to inverse simulation of helicopters in aggressive maneuvering flight using a receding horizon approach. In: 63rd Annual Forum of the American Helicopter Society, Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA, 1-3 May 2007,

Bagiev, M., Thomson, D.G., Anderson, D. and Murray-Smith, D. (2007) Hybrid inverse methods for helicopters in aggressive manoeuvring flight. In: 17th IFAC Symposium on Automatic Control in Aerospace, Toulouse, France, June 2007,

Anderson, D. (2003) Application of H Control to a Variable Resonance Stabilisation Mechanism. In: European Control Conference ECC 2003, Cambridge, England,

Anderson, D. and Brignall, N. (2003) Application of H control to a variable resonance stabilisation mechanism. In: European Control Conference ECC 2003, Cambridge, England, 1-4 Sept 2003,

Youssef, A., Grimble, M., Ordys, A., Dutka, A. and Anderson, D. (2003) Robust nonlinear predictive flight control. In: European Control Conference ECC 2003, Cambridge, England, 1-4 Sept 2003,

This list was generated on Tue Oct 17 17:56:12 2017 BST.