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PhD Defense: Burak Boyacioglu

Measurements and Observability Analysis for Biological and Aerospace Applications Committee Members: Kristi Morgansen (Chair) Mehran Mesbahi Steven Brunton Ed Habtour Sam Burden (GSR) Abstract: Improving the observability properties of a system allows us to better estimate the system's states, hence design efficient robust controllers. However, every system is unique with its dynamics and measurement functions, and the existing numerical/analytical observability analysis tools may fail to complete the task because of the sometimes unusual forms of these functions. In this dissertation, we mainly study two questions from an observability point of view: optimal sensor placement on a flapping wing with neural-inspired measurements, and optimal trajectory planning for the estimation of inertial parameters of a rigid body such as spacecraft, airliner, or satellite. The former requires the development of observability analysis tools for systems with output delay and for systems with composite output functions.… Event interval: Single day event. Campus location: Guggenheim Hall (GUG). Online Meeting Link: https://washington.zoom.us/j/97202927347. Campus room: 305. Event Types: Special Events. Tuesday, August 16, 2022, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

MS Thesis: Josh Perry

Study of neutral transport and plasma fueling in the HIT-SI3 and HIT-SIU experiments Committee members: Justin Little, Chris Hansen, Uri Shumlak The HIT-SI family of experiments aim to demonstrate a new concept for a future nuclear fusion reactor, but their performance has been held back by the presence of excess gas inside the plasma confinement chamber, which transfers energy away from the plasma. The properties of this gas were assessed by measuring and modeling the plasma inside a volume meant to relieve gas pressure. To help minimize the amount of gas injected into the experiment, HIT-SIU was designed with a set of high-power plasma sources to ionize the gas as it is injected. The properties of these sources were characterized, and their effect on HIT-SIU performance was briefly assessed, before they had to be removed due to electrical arcs inside the experiment. Ceramic inserts were designed to insulate against these arcs. Abstract: Compared with more conventional toroidal magnetic confinement… Event interval: Single day event. Campus location: Aerospace And Engineering Research Building (AER). Online Meeting Link: https://washington.zoom.us/j/99071532819. Campus room: 130. Event Types: Special Events. Wednesday, August 17, 2022, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM.

Instruction Ends for Summer Quarter 2022 - Full and B-term

Instruction ends. Event interval: Year: 2022. Quarter: Summer. Event Types: Academics. Friday, August 19, 2022. For more info visit www.washington.edu.

Labor Day

No classes. Most University offices and buildings are closed. Check with specific offices to confirm. Event interval: Year: 2022. Quarter: Autumn. Event Types: Academics. Monday, September 5, 2022. For more info visit www.washington.edu.

Instruction Begins - Autumn Quarter

Instruction begins. Event interval: Year: 2022. Quarter: Autumn. Event Types: Academics. Wednesday, September 28, 2022. For more info visit www.washington.edu.

UW Space Dialogue

The Space Policy and Research Center presents the UW Space Dialogues to bring together experts across the university and beyond to foster collaboration and strengthen practice and research across academia, government, non-profits, and industry. Event interval: Event Types: Lectures/Seminars. Thursday, October 13, 2022, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM. For more info visit sparc.uw.edu.

UW Space Symposium

The UW Space Symposium 2022 will cover "The Future of Geospatial Intelligence: Technology & Policy." More details to follow. You can access the recordings from the last two symposia and at https://sparc.uw.edu/. The UW Space Policy and Research Center (SPARC) is an interdisciplinary hub of faculty, researchers, policymakers, organizations and facilities operating at the intersection of technology, science, and policy in the Pacific Northwest. The UW convenes resources and knowledge to meet the emerging challenges and opportunities of expanding human interest and exploration in space. SPARC is organized by the William E. Boeing Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics and the Jackson School of International Studies and convenes space related faculty, research, and initiatives from all over the UW and the region, including the departments of Astrobiology, Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship, the iSchool, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, Human Centered Design, Industrial Systems, Electrical Engineerin… Event interval: Single day event. Event Types: Conferences. Thursday, November 10, 2022, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

Veterans Day

No classes. Most University offices and buildings are closed. Check with specific offices to confirm. Event interval: Year: 2022. Quarter: Autumn. Event Types: Academics. Friday, November 11, 2022. For more info visit www.washington.edu.