Spring 2022: Research Opportunities for AE Students

Prof. Theodorou speaking to a group of 6 grad students

Spring 2022 AE Research for Pay or Credit


Most of the following listings are for credit, requiring the student to both gain the faculty's approval and register for credit. Students who have questions about this should contact the project manager directly. Research opportunities will be added as they are made available. Check back for updates. 


STUDENTS: To get credit for any of the following research projects, you will need to submit a signed and completed Undergraduate Research Permit. Find out more about undergraduate research here.


FACULTY: Email AE Communications to add or update your research listing(s). 


Project: Space Habitat Modeling using MBSE
Can this work be performed remotely or online, if needed? Yes, but in-person meetings are anticipated
Project Manager: Dr. Michael Balchanos
Action: Email your resume and interest to Dr. Michael Balchanos (michael.balchanos@asdl.gatech.edu)
Office: Weber 105
Semester:  Spring 2022
Time Commitment: About 5-10 hrs per week (flexible).
Number of Students Needed: 1-2
Citizenship Requirement: No
Details: A lunar outpost is the next step in NASA’s space exploration under Mission Artemis, and sustainable resource management is essential for mission safety and successful completion. The habitat’s Environmental Control and Life support System (ECLSS) is key for the mission’s goals, and modeling and simulation tools for conceptual design of this subsystem are needed. The objective of the project is to leverage Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) and architecting methods as a means to explore and verify system design requirements, through system level performance metrics and mission level Measures of Effectiveness (MoEs). Implemented in SySML, the end product will describe a lunar habitat’s baseline architecture, which could be executed through ECLSS simulation models (such as HabNet) and can be used to improve requirements traceability, allow for modular systems modeling and virtual testing, and advance knowledge on how the system and model operate, thus leading to better design decisions. For supporting modeling tasks, students with experience in MATLAB/Simulink, Python are needed, while prior exposure and work on SySML and architecting frameworks is preferred.


Project: Noise Certification Streamlining using MBSE Methods
Can this work be performed remotely or online, if needed? Yes, but in person meetings are also anticipated.
Project Manager: Dr. Michael Balchanos
Action: Email your resume and interest to Dr. Michael Balchanos (michael.balchanos@asdl.gatech.edu)
Office: Weber 105
Semester:  Spring 2022
Time Commitment: About 5-10 hrs per week (flexible).
Number of Students Needed: 1-2
Citizenship Requirement: No
Details: The Aerospace Systems Design Laboratory is leading an FAA-supported initiative, which aims in assessing current noise certification procedures (per CFR 14, Part 36) and identifying opportunities to streamline the certification process, through cost and efficiency improvements. These could constitute equivalent procedures enabled by newer technologies and hardware and shall provide added flexibility to accommodate conventional and emerging air vehicle types (e.g., configurations for advanced air mobility). In support of the above, this research work involves the development and implementation of a Model-based Systems Engineering (MBSE) solution, utilizing a SySML and building an executable architecture model of the noise certification process. This model combines regulatory-driven requirements, representation of flight testing procedures and associated technologies, as well as a process simulation model for process efficiency evaluation. Student researcher tasks will involve exposure to both SySML development, as well as the certification process modeling.  Experience with Python and discrete event simulation methods is needed, while prior exposure and work in MBSE/SySML is preferred. 


Project: Tabletop exercise for Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief Operations
Can this work be performed remotely or online, if needed? Yes, but a number of in-person meetings are anticipated
Project Manager: Dr. Michael Balchanos
Action: Email your resume and interest to Dr. Michael Balchanos (michael.balchanos@asdl.gatech.edu)
Office: Weber 105
Semester:  Spring 2022
Time Commitment: About 5-10 hrs per week (flexible).
Number of Students Needed: 1-2
Citizenship Requirement: No
Details:  With Humanitarian Assistance & Disaster Relief (HADR) capabilities becoming more important for nations as climate change worsens, stakeholders and planners seek for tools to allow generation and exploration of successful manned aerial, maritime and UAV fleet compositions. Such tools rely on simulating real HADR scenarios and are provide interactive “wargaming” decision-making for HADR mission planning and acquisition. Based on the intra-theater mission scenario related to the Tropical Cyclone Winston, this project is developing a tabletop interactive tradeoff environment, utilizing metrics such as packages delivered, location and population serviced, time to complete the mission and acquisition costs. We’re seeking student researchers to support mission scenario experimentation planning as well as visualization environment development. Experience in SoS Operations analysis techniques (e.g., Discrete Event Simulation methods) is preferred, as well as visualization tools and libraries (e.g., Dash, R Shiny, Tableau).


Project: Sustainable Mobility infrastructure
Can this work be performed remotely or online, if needed? Yes, but a number of in-person meetings will be required
Project Manager: Dr. Michael Balchanos
Action: Email your resume and interest to Dr. Michael Balchanos (michael.balchanos@asdl.gatech.edu)
Office: Weber 105
Semester: Spring 2022
Time Commitment: About 5-10 hrs per week (flexible).
Number of Students Needed: 2-3
Citizenship Requirement: No
Details: As transportation and rapidly increasing levels of passenger traffic (land, air and sea) is a major driver of rising carbon emissions and noise (with effects towards climate change and affecting quality of life), Mobility-focused Urban Design is key for achieving sustainability and carbon neutrality goals within modern cities. Airport cities are emerging as a global city landscape, as a key transportation interchange and a complex urban system that contains flows of people, goods, energy, water and information. This project (with support from ATL Airport Community Improvement Districts) seeks to develop a model to simulate mobility, through assessing impact of various Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) configurations serving the regions surrounding Atlanta’s Airport City (“Aerotropolis”). We’re seeking students interested in mobility infrastructure problems and are familiar with transportation systems and technologies (e.g., PRTs, transit shuttles, V2I). Experience with traffic and transportation agent-based modeling tools (e.g., SUMO, or libraries such as GAMA, MESA) is preferred, as well as visualization tools in Python.


Project: Vehicle Component Modeling using Modelica libraries
Can this work be performed remotely or online, if needed? Yes, but significant in-person time will be required.
Project Manager: Dr. Michael Balchanos
Action: Email your resume and interest to Dr. Michael Balchanos  (michael.balchanos@asdl.gatech.edu)
Office: Weber 105
Semester: Spring 2022
Time Commitment: About 5-10 hrs per week (flexible).
Number of Students Needed: 2-5
Citizenship Requirement: No
Details: In top racing series (such as Formula 1, NASCAR and IMSA GT), testing is limited due to regulatory or cost restrictions, and hence racing teams opt for simulator time to develop as well as set up their cars for each racetrack. Also known as Driver-in-the-Loop (DIL) Simulators, extremely accurate high-fidelity dynamic models of vehicle subsystems are needed, while vehicle level integration is key for allowing drivers to experience realistic driving conditions and offer accurate feedback to the team engineers. This project involves the development of detailed subsystem models in Modelica language, utilizing vehicle dynamics libraries and implemented in the Dymola M&S environment. We’re seeking for students who are passionate for motorsports and are familiar with automotive subsystems and technologies. Experience with working in Modelica language and model development in Dymola is preferred.


Project: Space Habitat Modeling using MBSE
Can this work be performed remotely or online, if needed? Yes, but in-person meetings are anticipated
Project Manager: Dr. Michael Balchanos
Action: Email your resume and interest to Dr. Michael Balchanos (michael.balchanos@asdl.gatech.edu)
Office: Weber 105
Semester: Spring 2022
Time Commitment: About 5-10 hrs per week (flexible).
Number of Students Needed: 1-2
Citizenship Requirement: No
Details: A lunar outpost is the next step in NASA’s space exploration under Mission Artemis, and sustainable resource management is essential for mission safety and successful completion. The habitat’s Environmental Control and Life support System (ECLSS) is key for the mission’s goals, and modeling and simulation tools for conceptual design of this subsystem are needed. The objective of the project is to leverage Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) and architecting methods as a means to explore and verify system design requirements, through system level performance metrics and mission level Measures of Effectiveness (MoEs). Implemented in SySML, the end product will describe a lunar habitat’s baseline architecture, which could be executed through ECLSS simulation models (such as HabNet) and can be used to improve requirements traceability, allow for modular systems modeling and virtual testing, and advance knowledge on how the system and model operate, thus leading to better design decisions. For supporting modeling tasks, students with experience in MATLAB/Simulink, Python are needed, while prior exposure and work on SySML and architecting frameworks is preferred.


Project: Noise Certification Streamlining using MBSE Methods
Can this work be performed remotely or online, if needed? Yes, but in person meetings are also anticipated.
Project Manager: Dr. Michael Balchanos
Action: Email your resume and interest to Dr. Michael Balchanos (michael.balchanos@asdl.gatech.edu)
Office: Weber 105
Semesters: Spring 2022
Time Commitment: About 5-10 hrs per week (flexible).
Number of Students Needed: 1-2
Citizenship Requirement: No
Details: The Aerospace Systems Design Laboratory is leading an FAA-supported initiative, which aims in assessing current noise certification procedures (per CFR 14, Part 36) and identifying opportunities to streamline the certification process, through cost and efficiency improvements. These could constitute equivalent procedures enabled by newer technologies and hardware and shall provide added flexibility to accommodate conventional and emerging air vehicle types (e.g., configurations for advanced air mobility). In support of the above, this research work involves the development and implementation of a Model-based Systems Engineering (MBSE) solution, utilizing a SySML and building an executable architecture model of the noise certification process. This model combines regulatory-driven requirements, representation of flight testing procedures and associated technologies, as well as a process simulation model for process efficiency evaluation. Student researcher tasks will involve exposure to both SySML development, as well as the certification process modeling.  Experience with Python and discrete event simulation methods is needed, while prior exposure and work in MBSE/SySML is preferred. 


Project: Tabletop exercise for Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief Operations
Can this work be performed remotely or online, if needed? Yes, but a number of in-person meetings are anticipated
Project Manager: Dr. Michael Balchanos
Action: Email your resume and interest to Dr. Michael Balchanos (michael.balchanos@asdl.gatech.edu)
Office: Weber 105
Semesters: Spring 2022
Time Commitment: About 5-10 hrs per week (flexible).
Number of Students Needed: 1-2
Citizenship Requirement: No
Details:  With Humanitarian Assistance & Disaster Relief (HADR) capabilities becoming more important for nations as climate change worsens, stakeholders and planners seek for tools to allow generation and exploration of successful manned aerial, maritime and UAV fleet compositions. Such tools rely on simulating real HADR scenarios and are provide interactive “wargaming” decision-making for HADR mission planning and acquisition. Based on the intra-theater mission scenario related to the Tropical Cyclone Winston, this project is developing a tabletop interactive tradeoff environment, utilizing metrics such as packages delivered, location and population serviced, time to complete the mission and acquisition costs. We’re seeking student researchers to support mission scenario experimentation planning as well as visualization environment development. Experience in SoS Operations analysis techniques (e.g., Discrete Event Simulation methods) is preferred, as well as visualization tools and libraries (e.g., Dash, R Shiny, Tableau).


Project: Sustainable Mobility infrastructure
Can this work be performed remotely or online, if needed? Yes, but a number of in-person meetings will be required
Project Manager: Dr. Michael Balchanos
Action: Email your resume and interest to Dr. Michael Balchanos (michael.balchanos@asdl.gatech.edu)
Office: Weber 105
Semesters: Spring 2022
Time Commitment: About 5-10 hrs per week (flexible).
Number of Students Needed: 2-3
Citizenship Requirement: No
Details: As transportation and rapidly increasing levels of passenger traffic (land, air and sea) is a major driver of rising carbon emissions and noise (with effects towards climate change and affecting quality of life), Mobility-focused Urban Design is key for achieving sustainability and carbon neutrality goals within modern cities. Airport cities are emerging as a global city landscape, as a key transportation interchange and a complex urban system that contains flows of people, goods, energy, water and information. This project (with support from ATL Airport Community Improvement Districts) seeks to develop a model to simulate mobility, through assessing impact of various Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) configurations serving the regions surrounding Atlanta’s Airport City (“Aerotropolis”). We’re seeking students interested in mobility infrastructure problems and are familiar with transportation systems and technologies (e.g., PRTs, transit shuttles, V2I). Experience with traffic and transportation agent-based modeling tools (e.g., SUMO, or libraries such as GAMA, MESA) is preferred, as well as visualization tools in Python.


Project: Vehicle Component Modeling using Modelica libraries
Can this work be performed remotely or online, if needed? Yes, but significant in-person time will be required.
Project Manager: Dr. Michael Balchanos
Action: Email your resume and interest to Dr. Michael Balchanos  (michael.balchanos@asdl.gatech.edu)
Office: Weber 105
Semesters: Spring 2022
Time Commitment: About 5-10 hrs per week (flexible).
Number of Students Needed: 2-5
Citizenship Requirement: No
Details: In top racing series (such as Formula 1, NASCAR and IMSA GT), testing is limited due to regulatory or cost restrictions, and hence racing teams opt for simulator time to develop as well as set up their cars for each racetrack. Also known as Driver-in-the-Loop (DIL) Simulators, extremely accurate high-fidelity dynamic models of vehicle subsystems are needed, while vehicle level integration is key for allowing drivers to experience realistic driving conditions and offer accurate feedback to the team engineers. This project involves the development of detailed subsystem models in Modelica language, utilizing vehicle dynamics libraries and implemented in the Dymola M&S environment. We’re seeking for students who are passionate for motorsports and are familiar with automotive subsystems and technologies. Experience with working in Modelica language and model development in Dymola is preferred.


Project: System Modeling Using SysML - ASDL
Can this work be performed remotely or online, if needed? Yes
Project Manager: Dr. Selcuk Cimtalay & Dr. Russell Peak
Action: Follow instructions on slide #10 in the “Model-Based Systems Engineering Information (pdf)” presentation (see “Additional information” below).‚Äč
Office: Weber 104
Semesters: at least one, could be several
Time Commitment: 4 hrs/week
Number of Students Needed:  1-15
Citizenship Requirement: varies
GPA Requirement: 3.5+ preferred; 3.2 minimum
Details: Multiple potential position types (depending on interests). Most, but not all, of our Systems Modeling Language (SysML) projects require US Persons, either US citizens or permanent residents
Requirements for the positions: A key requirement is an interest in SysML (no prior SysML experience required) and a willingness to learn and explore
Sample projects & external collaborators: Lockheed MBSE - CubeSat testbed – NASA MBSE Pathfinder initiative – US Navy (NAVAIR) Model-Centric Engineering (MCE) – UAV testbed – NASA JPL: model-based systems engineering (MBSE); model-based wikis; embedded s/w – Boeing: MBSE model complexity & health management.
Additional informationModel-Based Systems Engineering Information (pdf)