In hindsight, I believe I have had decent success helping passengers enjoy a better air travel experience and paving the way for the drone era. My team at KAUST will continue to contribute to the general area of transportation systems and mobile robotics.
Eric Feron is a professor of aerospace software engineering who recently joined the KAUST CEMSE Division from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Prior to his time at Georgia Tech, he was an active faculty member in MIT's Aeronautics and Astronautics department from 1993 until 2005. Feron’s career in academia began in Paris, France, where he obtained his B.S. and M.S. from École Polytechnique and École Normale Superieure, respectively. He later completed his Ph.D. in aerospace engineering at Stanford University, U.S.
His research interests center around the use of elementary concepts of control systems, optimization and computer science to address key issues in modern aerospace engineering. More specifically, aerobatic control of uncrewed aerial vehicles, multi-agent operations, including air traffic control systems and aerospace software system certification.
It is very exciting to be at KAUST at a time when the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is all over the news. As always, I feel the challenge set by my new colleagues' own record. I believe much of my work will benefit from what is already happening at KAUST.