ECE Master’s Student Md. Arif Khan Wins the Rocky Mountain Bioengineering Symposium (RMBS) President’s Award
April 6, 2014 — At this year’s 51st Annual RMBS, Md. Arif Khan presented two papers, “Localization of a Moving Target Using a Fly Eye Sensor,” and “Effect of Sensor-Target-Background Distance on Target Tracking Using a Fly Eye Sensor. “ His performance in presenting his research, and his handling of questions from the audience, won him the President’s Award. The President’s Award goes to the student presenter who most impresses the President of RMBS (currently Dr. Julian Thayer of Ohio State University) over the course of the entire Symposium. RMBS includes participants from across the U.S. and over a dozen countries. This was Arif’s first time presenting at a conference and he was very excited to receive this award. He stated that what he desires is to do something useful for humankind and the world in the future.
Arif is a graduate student working on the Fly Eye project for NASA under the direction of Dr. Cameron Wright. Arif and others are working on creating sensors for new aircraft that will give real time information related to deflection or deformation of wings, eventually allowing aircraft designs that use lighter structures. Both computer simulations and actual sensors are being used to provide the near-instantaneous position of a moving target in front of the Fly Eye vision sensor. The current version of the sensor can track a target in real time, but much more research is needed to expand its capabilities. Arif stated the cost and power requirements of this new sensor are much less than current sensors and will add much less weight to the plane than current systems.