Multifunctional Antennas and Adaptive Arrays in Unmanned Autonomous Systems

Gregory H. Huff, Texas A&M University, USA

Unmanned autonomous vehicles, sensors, and systems (UAS) have become indispensable tools in research, industry, defense, and public safety. This has in turn highlighted a growing need for wireless connectivity in UAS that is ubiquitous, reliable, scalable, and secure. Multifunctional antennas and adaptive arrays have arisen as a means to physically enable these orientation-aware systems since they can provide enhanced communication and sensing capabilities in operationally dynamic application spaces and electromagnetically harsh environments. This talk will highlight our research in radiating systems to support UAS which are defined by their ability to facilitate reversible and coordinated changes in more than one physical and/or operational modality. This includes opportunistic beamforming in random arrays, synchronization of UAS in dynamic clusters, the role of reconfigurable antennas in motion-dynamic and cognitive systems, and the development of applications (apps) and peripheral systems for smart devices which can enable seamless interaction amongst systems and users.

Gregory H. Huff is an Associate Professor with the Electromagnetics and Microwave Laboratory in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX. He received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2006, was the recipient of DoD-awarded Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) and the NSF CAREER award in in 2008, and is current on the steering committee of the TAMU Center for Autonomous Vehicles and Sensor Systems (CANVASS). His research interests include multifunctional antennas and superconfigurable systems, biologically inspired concepts for reconfigurable antennas and smart skins, tunable materials and systems, collaborative beamforming in adaptive wireless sensor networks and autonomous or unpiloted systems, and other enabling antenna technologies in orientation systems ranging from smartphones and tablets to sensors and UAS.