IISc Bangalore

Enhancing Aviation Safety through Prognostics Technologies

Dr. P. K. Menon
Chief Scientist, Optimal Synthesis Inc., Los Altos, USA

26 September 2019, 4.00-5.00 PM

Auditorium, Department of Aerospace Engineering, IISc-Bangalore

Dr. P. K. Menon received a Ph. D. in aerospace Engineering (Virginia Tech, 1983), an M. E. degree in Aeronautical Engineering (IISc, 1975), and a B. E. degree in Mechanical Engineering (REC Warangal, 1973). He began his career in the SLV project of ISRO, working on launch vehicle guidance and control systems. He was one of the core members of the PSLV preliminary design team working under the direction of Dr. A. P. J. A. Kalam and Prof. S. Dhawan. Over the past three decades, Dr. Menon has worked in the US aerospace industry, served as an Associate Professor at Georgia Tech., as a Visiting Scientist at NASA, and as a Research Professor at the Santa Clara University. He has published extensively, and has founded a high-tech aerospace company that has been operating in the Silicon Valley for the past 27 years. Aviation Safety is one of the areas of Dr. Menon’s current research.

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Minimizing the risk to passengers, cargo, ground personnel and equipment during operations continues to be the central concern in aviation. The traditional approach to improving aviation safety has been through rule making, certification procedures and facility improvements based on the analysis of past accidents and incidents. This approach can be considered to be largely diagnostic and continues to remain valid. However, the recent availability of large amounts of real-time and near real-time air traffic data from multiple sources has motivated the researchers in aviation to investigate the development of prognostics systems that have the potential for averting or minimizing the severity of certain classes of aviation accidents and incidents. These approaches can help limit the risks in aviation operations at acceptable levels as the volume of air traffic expands worldwide. This talk will first present an overview of the risks to aviation and the outline of some of the high-profile accidents in aviation history. This will be followed by a discussion of some of the approaches that are currently being pursued to create prognostics systems for enhancing aviation safety.
Distinguished Lecture
IEEE AESS Bangalore Chapter

Date(s) - 26/09/2019
12:00 am - 4:00 pm

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