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Dr. Ahmad Bani Younes

Dr. Ahmad Bani Younes

Dr Ahmad Bani Younes

Assistant Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering

Address: P.O.Box: 127788, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Telephone: +971 (02) 5018562

Fax: +971 (02) 447 2442

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Dr. Ahmad Bani Younes completed his PhD degree in Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M University where he continues to serve as an adjunct faculty member.

Dr. Bani Younes has worked on a wide range of space research topics, including the development of fast and high fidelity gravity model for the earth anomalies; fast and efficient trajectories propagation for satellite motions; optimal control theory, which is focused on spacecraft Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GNC) issues, trajectory generation, spacecraft attitude tracking, and feedback control methodologies; and, algorithms development for optimization theory, perturbation theory, orbital motion, and very broadly algorithmic differentiation for automatically generating first- through fourth-order mixed sets of partial derivatives.

In addition, Dr. Bani Younes contributed to the development of 6-DOF mobile robotics-based spacecraft capturing dynamics (ground-based experimentation) at the Land, Air and Space Robotics laboratory (LASR) at Texas A&M University.

Dr. Bani Younes has participated in several robotics applications for NASA and AFRL for debris removal and orbital refueling operations. Furthermore, he has worked on designing and developing navigation sensors algorithms. He has also contributed to a project for Applied Defense Solution (ADS) in the United State to develop advanced modeling and simulation tools for supporting high precision trajectory calculations for orbital systems.

Dr. Bani Younes is the founder of the Spacecraft Platform for Astronautics & Celestial Emulation (SPACE) at Khalifa University, which aims to be a nationally unique 6DOF facility. SPACE will support comprehensive studies and hardware experiments for sensing, guidance, dynamics, & control of space operations in an operationally relevant environment. It operates as a “robotic wind tunnel” where faculty and students can work on space topics spanning conceptual design cartoons to advanced proof of concept hardware realizations. The lab conducts research in robotic sensing and control with an aim to enhance the fields of proximity operations, human-robot interaction, stereo vision, swarm robotics, and autonomous aerial vehicles.

  • PhD, Aerospace Engineering, Texas A&M University (USA), 2013
  • M.Sc., Aerospace Engineering, University of Dayton (USA), 2009
  • B.Sc., Mechanical Engineering (Mechatronics), Jordan University of Science and Technology (Jordan), 2003
  • Space Dynamics and Control
  • Celestial Mechanics
  • Spacecraft Maneuver and Optimization
  • Optimal Control and Estimation
  • Spacecraft Attitude Determination
  • Optimization, Estimation and Control Applications in Dynamical Systems
  • Guidance, Navigation, and Astranautics
  • Space Robotics and Computational Vision
  • Trajectory Propagation and Uncertainty
  • Algorithms development and Applied Mathematics

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Journal Publications

  • In Review: Bani Younes A., and Mortari, D., “Derivation of Exact Attitude Error Kinematics Equations,” IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems, 2015.
  • Accepted: Junkins, J. L., Bani Younes, A., Woollands, R., and Bai, X., “Orthogonal Polynomial Approximation in Higher Dimensions: Application in Astrodynamics,” Journal of the Astronautical Sciences, 2015.
  • Accepted: Bani Younes, A., and Turner, J., “Derivative Enhanced Optimal Feedback Control Using Computational Differentiation,” International Journal of Applied & Experimental Mathematics, 2016.
  • Bani Younes A., and Turner J., “Semi-Analytic Probability Density Function for System Uncertainty,” ASCE-ASME Journal of Risk and Uncertainty in Engineering Systems, Part B: Mechanical Engineering, Vol. 2, Issue 4, RISK-16-1041, 2016, (doi: 10.1115/1.4033886).
  • Read J., Bani Younes A., and Junkins J., “Efficient Orbit Propagation of Orbital Elements Using Modified Chebyshev Picard Iteration Method,” Journal of Computer Modeling in Engineering and Sciences (CMES): Special Issue on Computational Methods in Astrodynamics, Vol. 111, No. 1: pp. 65-81, 2016.
  • Turner J., Alnaqeb A., and Bani Younes A., “Continued Fraction Cartesian to Geodetic Coordinate Transformation,” Journal of Computer Modeling in Engineering and Sciences (CMES): Special Issue on Computational Methods in Astrodynamics, Vol. 111, No. 3: pp. 257-267, 2016.
  • Woollands, R., Bani Younes A. and Junkins, J. L., “New Solutions for Lambert’s Problem Utilizing Regularization and Picard Iteration,” Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics (AIAA), Vol. 38, No. 9 : pp. 1548-1562, September 2015, (doi: 10.2514/1.G001028).
  • Reed J., Bani Younes A., Macomber B., Junkins, J. L. and Turner J., “State Transition Matrix for Perturbed Orbital Motion using Modified Chebyshev Picard Iteration,” Journal of the Astronautical Sciences, Vol. 62, No. 2: pp. 148-167, June 2015, (doi: 10.1007/s40295-015-0051-3).
  • Bani Younes A., Mortari, D., Turner J. D., and Junkins, J. L., “Attitude Error Kinematics,” Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics (AIAA), Vol. 37, No. 1, pp. 330-336, June 2014, (doi: 10.2514/1.60928).
  • Junkins, J. L., Bani Younes, A., Woollands, R., and Bai, X., “Picard Iteration, Chebyshev Polynomials and Chebyshev Picard Methods: Application in Astrodynamics,” Journal of the Astronautical Sciences, Vol. 60, No. 3: pp. 623-653, December 2013.
  • Bani Younes A., and Turner J. D., “Generalized Algorithms for Least Squares Optimization for Nonlinear Observation Models and Newton’s Method,” Journal of the Astronautical Sciences, Vol. 60, No. 3: pp. 517-540, December 2013.
  • Hasan, Z., and Bani Younes, A., “Analyzing Nonlinear Flexible Structures using Perturbation Approach,” ASME Early Career Technical Journal, Vol. 9. No. 13, pp. 96-104, 2010.

Conference Publications:

  • Alshawaqfeh M., Bani Younes A. and Serpedin E., “Inferring Microbial Interaction Networks from Metagenomic Data Using SgLV-EKF Algorithm,” The Third International Workshop on Computational Network Biology: Modeling, Analysis, and Control (CNB-MAC 2016), Seattle, WA, October 2016.
  • Bani Younes A. and Mortari D., “Attitude Error Kinematics: Applications in Control,” 26thAAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting, AAS 16-429, Napa, Ca, February 2016.
  • Bani Younes A. and Mortari D., “Attitude Error Kinematics: Applications in Estimation,” 26thAAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting, AAS 16-458, Napa, Ca, February 2016.
  • Bani Younes A. and Junkins J., “An Adaptive Approach for Modified Chebyshev Picard Iteration,” 26thAAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting, AAS 16-427, Napa, Ca, February 2016.
  • Bani Younes A. and Turner J., “High-Order State Transition Tensors of Perturbed Orbital Motion using Computational Differentiation,” 26thAAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting, AAS 16-342, Napa, Ca, February 2016.
  • Turner J. and Bani Younes A., “High-Order State Transition Tensors of Perturbed Orbital Motion using Computational Differentiation,” 26thAAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting, AAS 16-431, Napa, Ca, February 2016.
  • Bani Younes A. and Turner J. “Feedback Control Sensitivity Calculations Using Computational Differentiation,” Proceedings of the ASME 2015 International Mechanical Engineering Technical Congress and Exposition, IMECE2015-51439, Houston, Texas, USA, November 13-19, 2015.
  • Bani Younes A. and Turner J. “System Uncertainty Propagation Using Automatic Differentiation,” Proceedings of the ASME 2015 International Mechanical Engineering Technical Congress and Exposition, IMECE2015-51412, Houston, Texas, USA, November 13-19, 2015.
  • Woollands R., Read J., Macomber B., Probe P., Bani Younes A., and Junkins J., “Parallel Generation of External Field Maps for Optimal Multi-Revolution Continuous Thrust Orbit Transfers,” AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, AAS 15-791, Vail, CO, Aug. 9-13, 2015.
  • Alhulayil, M., Bani Younes, A. and Turner, J.D., “Exploiting Sparsity in Tensor-Based Computational Differentiation Algorithms,” AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, AAS 15-701, Vail, CO, Aug. 9-13, 2015.
  • Alhulayil, M., Bani Younes, A. and Turner, J.D., “Exploiting Symmetry in High-Order Tensor-Based Series Expansion Algorithms,” AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, AAS 15-702, Vail, CO, Aug. 9-13, 2015.
  • Turner, J.D., Alnaqeb, A., and Bani Younes, A., “Meridian ellipse continued Fraction Cartesian to Geodetic Transformation,” AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, AAS 15-515, Vail, CO, Aug. 9-13, 2015
  • Turner, J.D., Alnaqeb, A., and Bani Younes, A., “Trajectory and State Transition Matrix Analytic Continuation Algorithms,” AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, AAS 15-516, Vail, CO, Aug. 9-13, 2015.
  • Turner, J.D., Alnaqeb, A., and Bani Younes, A., “Model-Based Analytic continuation Propagation Variables for Two-Body Applications,” Special Symposium on Computational Methods in Celestial Mechanics, International conference on Computational & Experimental Engineering and Sciences (ICCES), Reno, NV, July 20-24, 2015.
  • Read J., Bani Younes A., and Junkins J. “Efficient Orbit Propagation of Orbital Elements Using Modified Chebyshev Picard Iteration Method,” Special Symposium on Computational Methods in Celestial Mechanics, International conference on Computational & Experimental Engineering and Sciences (ICCES), Reno, NV, July 20-24, 2015.
  • Turner, J.D., Alnaqeb, A., and Bani Younes, A., “Continued Fraction Cartesian to Geodetic Coordinate Transformation,” Special Symposium on Computational Methods in Celestial Mechanics, International conference on Computational & Experimental Engineering and Sciences (ICCES), Reno, NV, July 20-24, 2015.
  • Saeed, A.S., Bani Younes, A., Islam, S., Dias, J., Seneviratne, L., and Cai, G., "A review on the platform design, dynamic modeling and control of hybrid UAVs," 2015 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (ICUAS), Denver, CO, pp.806-815, 9-12 June 2015. (doi: 10.1109/ICUAS.2015.7152365)
  • Woollands R., Bani Younes A., Macomber B., Bai X. and Junkins J., “Optimal Continuous Thrust Maneuvers for Solving 3D Orbit Transfer Problems,” 38th Annual AAS Guidance & Control Conference, AAS 15-082, Breckenridge, CO, January 30 - February 4, 2015.
  • Read J., Junkins J. and Bani Younes A., “State Transition Matrix Propagation for Perturbed Orbital Motion Using Modified Chebyshev Picard Iteration,” 38th Annual AAS Guidance & Control Conference, AAS 15-008, Breckenridge, CO, January 30 - February 4, 2015.
  • Woollands R., Read J., Macomber B., Probe A., Bani Younes A. and Junkins, J. L., “Method of Particular Solutions and Kustaanheomi-Stiefel Regularized Picard Iteration for Solving Two-Point Boundary Value Problems,” 25th AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting, AAS 15-373, Williamsburg, VA, January 2015.
  • Bani Younes A. and Turner J. “An Analytic Continuation Method to Integrate Constrained Multi-Body Systems,” Proceedings of the ASME 2014 International Mechanical Engineering Technical Congress and Exposition, IMECE2014-37809, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, November 14-20, 2014.
  • Macomber B., Woollands R., Probe A., Bani Younes A., Junkins, J. L. and Bai X., “Modified Chebyshev Picard Iteration for Efficient Numerical Integration of Ordinary Differential Equations,” Advance Maui Optical and Space Surveillance Technologies Conference, Maui, Hawaii, September 2014.
  • Woollands R., Bani Younes A., Macomber B., Probe A., Kim D., Junkins, J. L. and Bai X., “Validation of Accuracy and Efficiency of Long-Arc Orbit Propagation Using the Method of Manufactured Solutions and the Round-Trip-Closure Method,” Advance Maui Optical and Space Surveillance Technologies Conference, Maui, Hawaii, September 2014.
  • Alazzam A., Stiharu I., Khashan S., Nerguizian V., and Bani Younes A., “Deregulated genes by separation of living cells using dielectrophoresis,” 20th International Symposium on Separation Science, ISSS 2014, Prague, Czech Republic, Aug 30- Sept 2, 2014.
  • Kim D., Junkins, J. L., Turner J. and Bani Younes A., “Multi-Segment Adaptive Modified Chebyshev Picard Iteration Method,” The 2014 AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, AAS 14-232, Santa Fe, New Mexico, January 2014.
  • Woollands R., Junkins, J. L. and Bani Younes A., “A New Solution for the Generalized Lambert's Problem,” 37th Annual AAS Guidance & Control Conference, AAS 13-017, Breckenridge, Colorado. February 2014, Astronautical Sciences Guidance, Navigation and Control Vol. 151, January 2014.
  • Bani Younes A., Macomber B., Woollands R., Probe A., Bai X., and Junkins, J. L., “Fast Gravitational Field Model using Adaptive Orthogonal Finite Element Approximation,” Advance Maui Optical and Space Surveillance Technologies Conference, Maui, Hawaii, September 2013.
  • Macomber B., Woollands R., Probe A., Bani Younes A., Bai X., and Junkins, J. L., “Modified Chebyshev Picard Iteration for Efficient Numerical Integration of Ordinary Differential Equation,” Advance Maui Optical and Space Surveillance Technologies Conference, Maui, Hawaii, September 2013.
  • Bani Younes A., Turner J. D., and Junkins, J. L., “Application of High-Order STTS Uncertainty Propagation on Perturbed Two-body Problem,” The 2013 AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, AAS 13-868, Hilton Head, South Carolina, August 2013.
  • Bani Younes A., and Turner J. D., “Analytic High-Order Reversion of Series Solution for Solving lambert’s Problem,” The 2013 AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, AAS 13-790, Hilton Head, South Carolina, August 2013.
  • Bani Younes A., and Turner J. D, “Enhanced Optimal Control for Uncertain Spacecraft Tracking Problem,” Annual Technology Symposium 2013, Houston, TX, May 17, 2013.
  • Bani Younes A., and Turner J. D., “Attitude Error Kinematics: Applications in Optimal Control of Dynamical Systems,” Annual Technology Symposium 2013, Houston, TX, May 17, 2013.
  • Bani Younes A., Turner J. D., and Junkins, J. L., “A Generic Optimal Control Tracking Solution for Various Attitude Error Parameterizations,” 23rd AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting, AAS 13-287, Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii, February 2013.
  • Turner J. D., and Bani Younes A., “On the Expected Value of Sensed Data,” 23rd AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting, AAS 13-377, Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii, February 2013.
  • Bani Younes A., Turner J. D., and Junkins, J. L., “Higher-Order Optimal Tracking Feedback Gain Sensitivity Calculations: Using Computational Differentiation,” 36th ANNUAL AAS GUIDANCE & CONTROL CONFERENCE, AAS 13-017, Breckenridge, Colorado. February 2013.
  • Bani Younes A., Turner J. D., Mortari, D., and Junkins, J. L., “A Survey of Attitude Error Representations,” AIAA GNC/AFM/MST/ASC 2012 Conference, AIAA 2012-4422, Minneapolis, Minnesota. 13 - 16 August 2012.
  • Bani Younes A., Turner J. D., Majji, M., and Junkins, J. L., “High-Order Uncertainty Propagation enabled by Computational Differentiation,” Recent Advances in Algorithmic Differentiation, Lecture Notes in Computational Science and Engineering Volume 87, 2012, pp. 251-260.
  • Turner J. D., Bani Younes A., and Junkins, J. L., “Generalized Least Squares Optimization for Nonlinear Observation Models,” 6th International Conference on Automatic Differentiation, Fort Collins, CO, July 23 - 27, 2012.
  • Turner J. D., and Bani Younes A., “Numerical Integration of Constrained Multi-Body Dynamical Systems Using 5th Order Exact Analytic Continuation Algorithm,” 6th International Conference on Automatic Differentiation, Fort Collins, CO, July 23 - 27, 2012.
  • Bani Younes A., and Turner J. D., “Generalized Algorithms for Least Squares Optimization for Nonlinear Observation Models and Newton’s Method,” AAS 12-626, Jer-Nan Juang Astrodynamics Symposium, College Station, TX, June 14-26, 2012.
  • Bani Younes A., Turner J., Majji, M., and Junkins, L., “High-Order Uncertainty Propagation Using State Transition Tensor Series,” AAS 12-636, Jer-Nan Juang Astrodynamics Symposium, College Station, TX, June 14-26, 2012.
  • Bani Younes A., and Turner J. D., “Numerical Integration of Constrained Multi-body Dynamics using 5th order Exact Analytic Continuation Algorithm,” AAS 12-638, Jer-Nan Juang Astrodynamics Symposium, College Station, TX, June 14-26, 2012.
  • Bani Younes A., Turner J., Majji, M., and Junkins, L., “High-Order State Feedback Gain Sensitivity Calculations: Using Computational Differentiation,” AAS 12-637, Jer-Nan Juang Astrodynamics Symposium, College Station, TX, June 14-26, 2012.
  • Turner J. D., and Bani Younes A., “On the Integration of m-dimensional Expectation Operators,” AAS 12-641, Jer-Nan Juang Astrodynamics Symposium, College Station, TX, June 14-26, 2012.
  • Junkins L. J., Bani Younes A. H., Woollands, R., and Bai, X., “Orthogonal Polynomial Approximation in Higher Dimensions: Applications in Astrodynamics,” AAS 12-634, Jer-Nan Juang Astrodynamics Symposium, College Station, TX, June 14-26, 2012.
  • Bani Younes A. H., Turner J. D., and Junkins, J. L., “Optimal Linear Attitude and Position Estimator Implementation on a Two-Linear Detector Camera,” Annual Technology Symposium 2012, Houston, TX, May 18, 2012.
  • Bani Younes A. H., Turner J. D., and Junkins, J. L., “High-Order Liouiville Approximation Using State Transition Tensor Series,” Annual Technology Symposium 2012, Houston, TX, May 18, 2012.
  • Turner J. D., and Bani Younes A. H., “On the Integration of m-Dimensional Expectation Operators,” Annual Technology Symposium 2012, Houston, TX, May 18, 2012.
  • Bani Younes A., Turner J., Majji, M., and Junkins, L., “Nonlinear Tracking Control of Maneuvering Rigid Spacecraft,” 21st AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting, New Orleans, AAS 11-168, LA, 13-17 Feb., 2011.
  • Hasan, Z., Atmeh, G., and Bani Younes, A., “Controlling Performance of a Smart Bridge Design,” The International Conference on Sustainable Design and Construction, Kansas City, Mo., 2011.
  • Bani Younes A. H., Turner J. D., Majji, M., and Junkins, J. L., “An Investigation of State Feedback Gain Sensitivity Calculations,” AIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, AIAA-2010-8274, Toronto, Canada, 2-5 Aug., 2010.
  • Bani Younes A., and Altman A., “PIV Investigation of Reynolds Number ~200 Photodriven Flapping Wings in Air,” 48th AIAA Aerospace Science Meeting Including the New Horizons Forum and Aerospace Exposition, AIAA-2010-1032. Orlando, Fl., Jan. 4-7, 2010.
  • Bani Younes A., and Altman A., “Experimental Investigation of the Flow Field Surrounding a Photodriven Flapping Wing,” AIAA Regional III students conference at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL, April 4-5, 2009.
  • Bani Younes A., and Altman A., “Experimental Investigation of the Flow Field Surrounding a Photodriven Flapping Wing,” 34th AIAA Annual Dayton-Cincinnati Aerospace Science Symposium, Dayton, OH, March 3rd, 2009.