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ADSC Director

Dr. Oleg Yakimenko is the ADSC Director and leading NPS faculty handling different ADSC projects. His coordinates are:

Office Hours:

Watkins Hall (ME Bldg.), Room 142 (ground floor, by the South-East side exit)
(831) 656-2826
(831) 656-3125
Monday through Friday, drop-in or by appointment

At NPS, Dr. Yakimenko teaches the following six courses being the core courses within the Intelligent Control track:

  • AE2440, “Introduction to Digital Computation,” provides introduction to system operations and program development at the NPS computer facilities. It teaches to develop computer programs and models, organize subroutines, input and output using high-level MATLAB/Simulink/GUIDE programming development environment and Symbolic Math Toolbox. It also provides with effective algorithms for numerically solving selected problems in engineering.

  • ME2801, “Introduction to Engineering System Dynamics,” teaches generalized system modeling principles and reduction to mathematical forms. It provides analogies between electrical, mechanical, fluid, and thermal systems. It covers response of first- and second-order systems to different inputs, their characteristics, and considers Routh and root locus analysis. It teaches how to develop and tune feedback controllers in time and s-domains.

  • ME3801, “Classical Control of Naval Engineering Systems,” presents classical control design for linear systems with single-input, single-output design requirements in the frequency domain. It teaches phase lead/lag and multimode compensation techniques. The course also addresses discrete systems and digital control.

  • ME4811, “Multivariable Control of Ship System,” deals with multivariable analysis and control concepts for multiple-input, multiple-output systems. It covers state observers, disturbances and tracking systems, linear optimal control, and linear quadratic Gaussian compensation. It also introduces non-linear system and limit cycle behavior analysis.

  • ME4821, “Marine Navigation,” considers Newtonian mechanics of a three-dimensional motion of complex systems using Newton-Euler’s method and analytical mechanics. It continues with studying modern navigation systems including external navigation aid systems and ends with the design of an integrated INS/GPS navigation system.

  • AE4903, “Direct Methods for Rapid Prototyping of Optical Maneuvers,” covers generalized coordinates, virtual work, Lagrange’s equations, calculus of variations, Hamilton’s principle. It teaches how to use direct methods of calculus of variations to generate quasi-optimal trajectories in real-time (time-critical) applications.

    These courses are also available in two other formats:

    • Self-pace on-line course with numerous interactive tutorials [click here to see some examples];
    • Intensive two- or three-day short course that can be taught off the NPS campus.
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