UC Aerospace Researcher Receives Prestigious AIAA Award – University of Cincinnati

UC Aerospace Researcher Receives Prestigious AIAA Award

Kelly Cohen, interim head of UC’s Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, collaborates on artificial intelligence projects with colleagues and students to make waves in the field of UAVs.

Date: 7/17/2017 9:00:00 AM
By: Staci Jones
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Kelly Cohen
While growing up in India, Kelly Cohen had a fascination with airplanes and flight principles that led the University of Cincinnati professor to study aeronautical engineering. While obtaining his undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees from Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Cohen was introduced to the artificial intelligence concept of fuzzy logic by his PhD advisor, Tanchum Weller, who suggested that he take a look at applying fuzzy logic for the active control of flexible space structures.

“I went on utilizing fuzzy logic extensively during my PhD studies and had numerous publications in that field of research,” said Cohen, who was recently named interim department head of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics in the College of Engineering and Applied Science.

Now Cohen has been recognized by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) with an award for outstanding technical contribution to the industry for “the advancement and application of artificial intelligence to largescale, meaningful and challenging aerospace-related problems.” Also honored was UC graduate Nick Ernest, a student of Cohen’s who runs the artificial-intelligence company Psibernetix, Inc.

Cohen joined UC’s engineering college in 2007 focusing on intelligent systems, unmanned aerial vehicles and flight optimization. He uses algorithms based on genetic fuzzy logic for command and control applications in the area of autonomous collaborating robotics, as well as predictive modeling for personalizing medical treatment in neurological disorders.

Since 2010, Cohen has advised six PhD students and 19 master’s students. He also secured $3 million in research funding at UC, including grants from the

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