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Kevin D Jones

Phone: (831) 656-7711
Other Experience
  • 1998 - 1992 Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder
  • 1992 - 1993 Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder
  • 1991 - 1992 Member, Graduate Seminar, Institute of Theoretical Fluid Mechanics, DLR, Gottingen, Germany
Research Interests
My research interest is primarily in the area of aerodynamic design and systems integration, in particular for miniaturized systems. Most of my work has been in computational and experimental aerodynamics and software generation, including numerical investigations of unsteady flows, aeroelasticity, turbomachinery and full aircraft systems.
I developed a novel radio controlled flapping-wing propelled Micro Air Vehicle (MAV) weighing a mere 10 grams and not much larger than the palm of your hand. The flapping-wing project has been shown on CNN, KSBW, KION, the front page of the Monterey County Herald and several radio control modeling magazines.
More recently I have been in charge of Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV) system integration, as well as payload design and systems integration for airborne payloads used in the STAN/TNT experiments.

Awards

  • 2006 - Bronze Award for Written Paper, Royal Aeronautical Society
  • 1999 - Outstanding Research Achievement Award, Naval Postgraduate School
  • 1996 - National Research Council Post-Doctoral Fellowship
  • 1995 - National Research Council Post-Doctoral Fellowship
  • 1994 - National Research Council Post-Doctoral Fellowship
  • 1990 - Young Participant Bursary, 12th International Conference on Numerical Methods in Fluid Dynamics, Oxford University, England

Boards, Memberships, & Certifications

Professional Memberships
  • 1986 Associate Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Scholarly Work

Publications
  • Book Chapters
  • Jones, K. D., & Platzer, M, (2015). Flapping-Wing Propelled Micro Air Vehicles. Springer.
  • Conference Proceedings
  • Giles, K. B., Davis, D. T., Jones, K. D., & Jones, M. J, Expanding domains for multi-vehicle unmanned systems.
  • Dobrokhodov, V. N., Leary, P., Smith, K. B., & Jones, K. D, Real-time multi-channel acoustic beam forming using a lightweight microcontroller processor.
  • Leary, P., Dobrokhodov, V. N., Smith, K. B., & Jones, K. D, (2018). A flexible, open-source DAQ for real-time multi-channel signal processing on autonomous platforms.
  • Leary, P., Dobrokhodov, V. N., Smith, K. B., & Jones, K. D, (2018). An affordable open-source DAQ system for real-time multi-channel acoustic signal processing.
  • Walton, C., Kaminer, I. I., Dobrokhodov, V. N., & Jones, K. D, (2017). New Insights into Autonomous Soaring.
  • Jones, K. D., Dobrokhodov, V. N., & Dillard, C, (2016). Aqua-Quad - solar powered, long endurance, hybrid mobile vehicle for persistent surface and underwater reconnaissance, part I - platform design.
  • Dobrokhodov, V. N., Jones, K. D., Dillard, C., & Kaminer, I. I, (2016). Aqua-Quad - solar powered, long endurance, hybrid mobile vehicle for persistent surface and underwater reconnaissance, part II - onboard intelligence.
  • Chung, T. H., Clement, M. R., Day, M. A., Jones, K. D., Davis, D. T., & Jones, M. J, (2016). Live-Fly, Large-Scale Field Experimentation for Large Numbers of Fixed-Wing UAVs.
  • Keller, J., Thakur, D., Dobrokhodov, V. N., Jones, K. D., Likhachev, M., Gallier, J., Kaminer, I. I., & Kumar, V, (2014). Coordinated commencement of pre-planned routes for fixed-wing UAS starting from arbitrary locations - a near real-time solution.
  • Dobrokhodov, V. N., Jones, K. D., & Camacho, N, (2014). Cooperative Autonomy of Multiple Solar-Powered Thermaling Gliders.
  • Thakur, D., Likhachev, M., Keller, J., Kumar, V., Dobrokhodov, V. N., Jones, K. D., Wurz, J., & Kaminer, I. I, (2013). Planning for opportunistic surveillance with multiple robots.
  • Dobrokhodov, V. N., Jones, K. D., & Kaminer, I. I, (2013). Rapid Flight Control Prototyping - Steps toward cooperative mission-oriented capabilities.
  • Andersson, K., Jones, K. D., Dobrokhodov, V. N., & Kaminer, I. I, (2012). Thermal highs and pitfall lows - notes on the journey to the first cooperative autonomous soaring flight.
  • Jones, K. D., Dobrokhodov, V. N., Kaminer, I. I., Chung, T. H., Clement, M. R., Kolsch, M. N., & Zaborowski, R, (2011). Cooperative Autonomy for the Masses - Fundamental Steps Toward Enabling Complex Multi-Asset Missions with Simple Point-and-Click Tasking.
  • Xargay, E., Dobrokhodov, V. N., Kitsios, I., Kaminer, I. I., Jones, K. D., Hovakimyan, N., Cao, C., Lizarraga, M. I., & Gregory, I. M, (2009). Flight validation of a metrics driven L1 adaptive control in the presence of general unmodeled dynamics.
  • Lee, D. J., Kam, K. Y., Kaminer, I. I., Horner, D. P., Healey, A., Kragelund, S. P., Andersson, K., & Jones, K. D, (2009). Wireless Communication Networks Between Distributed Autonomous Systems Using Self-Tuning Extremum Control.
  • Dobrokhodov, V. N., Kaminer, I. I., Jones, K. D., & Ghabcheloo, R, (2006). Vision-based tracking and motion estimation for moving targets using small UAVs.
  • Dobrokhodov, V. N., Kaminer, I. I., Jones, K. D., & Ghabcheloo, R, (2006). Vision-based tracking and motion estimation for moving targets using small UAVs.
  • Journal Articles
  • Camacho, N., Dobrokhodov, V. N., & Jones, K. D, (2014). Cooperative Autonomy of Multiple Solar-Powered Thermaling Gliders? Energy, (25), 50.
  • Keller, J., Thakur, D., Dobrokhodov, V. N., Jones, K. D., Pivtoraiko, M., Gallier, J., Kaminer, I. I., & Kumar, V, (2013). A computationally efficient approach to trajectory management for coordinated aerial surveillance. Unmanned Systems, 01(1), 59–74.
  • Dobrokhodov, V. N., Yakimenko, O. A., Jones, K. D., Kaminer, I. I., Bourakov, E., Kitsios, I., & Lizarraga, M, (2007). New generation of rapid flight test prototyping system for small unmanned air vehicles. AIAA Modeling and Simulation Technologies Conference and Exhibit, 6567.
  • Yakimenko, O. A., Kaminer, I. I., Dobrokhodov, V. N., & Jones, K. D, (2005). ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF GUIDANCE, NAVIGATION AND CONTROL ALGORITHMS FOR UNMANNED AIR VEHICLES.
  • Kaminer, I. I., Yakimenko, O. A., Dobrokhodov, V. N., & Jones, K. D, (2004). Rapid flight test prototyping system and the fleet of UAVs and MAVs at the naval postgraduate school. Proceedings of the 3rd AIAA unmanned unlimited technical conference, 20–23.
  • Meeting Abstracts
  • Dobrokhodov, V. N., Walton, C., Kaminer, I. I., & Jones, K. D, Onboard Trajectory Planning for a New Class of Hybrid Aircraft.
Presentations
  • Discussants
  • Leary, P. R. (Author & Presenter), Dobrokhodov, V. N. (Author), Jones, K. D. (Author), & Smith, K. B. (Author), 3rd Australasian Conf on Wave Science (KOZWaves), "An affordable open-source DAQ system for real-timemulti-channel acoustic signal processing". (February 1, 2018).
  • Oral Presentations
  • Dobrokhodov, V. N. (Author & Presenter), Walton, C. (Author), Kaminer, I. (Author), & Jones, K. (Author), 3rd AFOSR Workshop on “Computational Issues in Nonlinear Control”, "Onboard Trajectory Planning for a New Class of Hybrid Aircraft," AFOSR, United States. (September 21, 2019).
  • Leary, P. (Author & Presenter), Dobrokhodov, V. N. (Author), Jones, K. D. (Author), & Smith, K. B. (Author), 176th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, "Embedded real-time processing of acoustic vector sensors using a lightweight open-source microcontroller". (December 1, 2018).
  • Yamaguchi, R. (Author), Suring, L. (Presenter), Wang, Q.,Jones, K. D.,& Kalogiros, J., International Society for Atmospheric Research using Remotely Piloted Aircraft, "Optical turbulence and mean meteorological measurement capabilities for small UAS Penguin". (July 10, 2018).
  • Jones, K. D. (Author & Presenter), Wang, Q.,Yamaguchi, R.,& Lind, R. J., 96th AMS Annual meeting and 18th Symposium on Meteorological Observations and Instrumentation, "Small UAS for Atmospheric Surface Layer Measurements,," American Meteorological Society, LA, United States. (January 1, 2016).
  • Jones, K. D. (Author & Presenter), Wang, Q. (Author), Yamaguchi, R. (Author), & Lind, R. J. (Author), 3rd Conference of the International Society for Atmospheric Research using Remotely Piloted Aircraft, "Real-Time METOC Sensing Using Low-Cost, Expendable Unmanned Aerial Vehicles," ISARRA, University of Oklahoma, CA, United States. (May 21, 2015).
  • Papers
  • Leary, P.,Dobrokhodov, V. N.,Smith, K. B.,& Jones, K. D., OCEANS'18 MTS/IEEE, Kobe Japan, May 2018, "A flexible, open-source DAQ for real-time multi-channel signal processing on autonomous platforms," IEEE, Japan. (May 1, 2018).
  • Dobrokhodov, V. N.,& Jones, K. D., OCEANS 2016 MTS/IEEE Monterey, "Aqua-Quad - solar powered, long endurance, hybrid mobile vehicle for persistent surface and underwater reconnaissance, part II - onboard intelligence," CA, United States. (February 2, 2017).
  • Dobrokhodov, V. N.,& Jones, K. D., OCEANS 2016 MTS/IEEE Monterey, "Aqua-Quad - solar powered, long endurance, hybrid mobile vehicle for persistent surface and underwater reconnaissance, part I - platform design," CA, United States. (February 2, 2017).
Patents/Copyrights
  • Patents
  • Dobrokhodov, V. n., Jones, K. D. "Multirotor Mobile Buoy for Persistent Surface and Underwater Exploration" US 9457900 B1
  • Dobrokhodov, V. N., Jones, K. D. "Hybrid Mobile Buoy for Persistent Surface and Underwater Exploration"