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Richard Linares
Assistant Professor

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Office: 126 Akerman Hall
Phone: 612-625-2540
E-mail: rlinares(at) umn.edu

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Professor Linares's research interests are nonlinear estimation, Bayesian inference, uncertainty quantification, optimal control, and reinforcement learning. His recent work focuses on the development of methods relevant to Space Situational Awareness (SSA), swarming systems, and space exploration. He has applied these approaches to many practical aerospace problems; most notably orbital debris tracking and characterization, and precise satellite formation flight. He is also interested in applications in attitude determination and control problems, satellite guidance and navigation problems, orbit determination and prediction problems, and deep space exploration. 

Degrees

B.S., Aerospace Engineering, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, 2009
M.S., Aerospace Engineering, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, 2010
Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, 2014

Experience

2015 - current: Assistant Professor, Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics, University of Minnesota
2014 - 2015: Postdoctoral Associate, United States Naval Observatory (USNO), Washington D.C.
2013 - 2015: Director's Postdoctoral Fellowship, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM
May-July 2014: Visiting Researcher, United States Air Force Research Lab (AFRL), Maui High Performance Computing, Maui, HI
2012 - 2013: Visiting Researcher, United States Air Force Research Lab (AFRL), Kirtland Air Force Base, Albuquerque, NM
2010 - 2012: Research Aerospace Engineer, Calspan-University at Buffalo Research Center (CUBRC Inc.), Buffalo, NY
Sep-May 2010: Graduate Research Assistant, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY

Five Recent Publications

  • Vittaldev, V., Russel, R., and Linares, R, 2016, Spacecraft Uncertainty Propagation using Gaussian Mixture Models and Polynomial Chaos Expansions, Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, (Journal Article) More Details
  • Linares, R., and Crassidis, J.L., 2016, Resident Space Object Shape Inversion via Adaptive Hamiltonian Markov Chain Monte Carlo, Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, (Journal Article) More Details
  • Ryan C., Linares, R., and Holzinger, M.J., 2015, Three Degree-of-Freedom Estimation of Agile Space Objects using Marginalized Particle Filters, Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, (Journal Article) More Details
  • Mehta, P.M., Walker, A., Lawrence, E., Linares, R., Higdon, D., and Koller, J, 2014, Modeling Satellite Drag Coefficients with Response Surfaces, Advances in Space Research, Vol. 54, Issue 8, pp. 15901607, (Journal Article) More Details, Request PDF
  • Linares, R., Jah M. K., Crassidis J. L., Nebelecky C. K., 2014, Space Object Shape Characterization and Tracking Using Light Curve and Angles Data, Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, Vol. 37, No. 1, pp. 13-25., (Journal Article) More Details

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Honors and Fellowships

AFOSR Young Investigator Research Program Award, 2018
Director's Postdoctoral Fellowship, Los Alamos National Laboratory, 2013
Vela Fellowship, Los Alamos National Laboratory, 2012
Space Scholar, United States Air Force Research Laboratory, 2010 and 2011
Nasa Space Grant Research Fellowship, 2010
Zimmer Award for Undergraduate Research, University at Buffalo, 2008

Current Courses

Graduate
EE 5251 -- Optimal Filtering and Estimation
AEM 5451 -- Optimal Estimation | Course Home Page
AEM 8400 -- Research Seminar in Dynamics and Controls

Subjects and Courses Taught

Undergraduate
AEM 4301 -- Orbital Mechanics
AEM 4305 -- Spacecraft Attitude Dynamics and Control
Graduate
AEM 5401 -- Intermediate Dynamics
AEM 8495 -- Selected Topics in Dynamical Systems and Controls

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