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Crassidis, John

CUBRC Professor in Space Situational Awareness
Director, Center for Multisource Information Fusion
Dept. of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
University at Buffalo, State University of New York
Phone: 
716-645-1426
Fax: 
716-645-2883

Research Interests: 

Spacecraft Attitude Estimation, Spacecraft Navigation, Space Debris, Space Situational Awareness

Education: 

State University of New York at Buffalo

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, May 1993
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, February 1991
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, May 1989
Honors and Awards: 
  • Dr. Richard T. Sarkin Award For Excellence In Teaching, '14
  • American Astronautical Society, 2014 Fellow Inductee
  • CUBRC Chaired Professor in Space Situational Awareness, '13
  • Tau Beta Pi, 2012 Eminent Engineer Inductee
  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2012 Mechanics and Control of Flight Award
  • Tau Beta Pi New York Nu Chapter, 2012 Professor of the Year
  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2006 Sustained Service Award
  • Society of Automotive Engineers, 2006 Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award
  • Best Paper Award, 2003 AIAA Guidance, Navigation & Control Conference (out of 350 papers)
  • Best Paper Award, 2001 AIAA Guidance, Navigation & Control Conference (out of 225 papers)
  • University at Buffalo, Young Investigator Award, '02
Selected Publications: 

[1] Hinks, J.C., and Crassidis, J.L., “Covariance Analysis of Maximum Likelihood Estimation,” The Journal of the Astronautical Sciences, accepted for publication.

[2] Crassidis, J.L., and Cheng, Y., “Error-Covariance Analysis for the Total Least Squares Problem,” AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, Vol. 37, No. 4, July-Aug. 2014, pp. 1053-1063.

[3] Linares, R., Jah, M.K., Crassidis, J.L., Leve, F.A., and Kelecy, T., “Astrometric and Photometric Data Fusion for Inactive Space Object Mass and Area Estimation,” Acta Astronautica, Vol. 99, June-July 2014, pp. 1-15.

[4] Wetterer, C.J., Linares, R., Crassidis, J.L., Kelecy, T.M., Ziebart, M.K., Jah, M.K., and Cefola, P.J., “Refining Space Object Radiation Pressure Modeling with Bidirectional Reflectance Distributions Functions,” AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, Vol. 37, No. 1, Jan.-Feb. 2014, pp. 185-196.

[5] Linares, R., Jah, M.K., Crassidis, J.L., and Nebelecky, C.K., “Space Object Shape Characterization and Tracking using Light Curve and Angles Data,” AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, Vol. 37, No. 1, Jan.-Feb. 2014, pp. 13-25.

[6] Andrle, M.S., and Crassidis, J.L., “Geometric Integration of Quaternions,” AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, Vol. 36, No. 6, Nov.-Dec. 2013, pp. 1762-1767.

[7] Nebelecky, C.K., Crassidis, J.L., Fosbury, A.M., and Cheng, Y., “Efficient Covariance Intersection of Attitude Estimation Using a Local-Error Representation,” AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, Vol. 35, No. 2, March-April, 2012, pp. 692-696.

[8] Alsuwaidan, B.N., Crassidis, J.L., and Cheng, Y., “Generalized Multiple-Model Adaptive Estimation Using an Autocorrelation Approach,” IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems, Vol. 47, No. 3, July 2011, pp. 2138-2152.

[9] George, J., Crassidis, J.L., Singh, T., and Fosbury, A.M., “Anomaly Detection Using Context Aided Target Tracking,” Journal of Advances in Information Fusion, Vol. 6, No. 1, June 2011, pp. 39-56.

[10] George, J., Singla, P., and Crassidis, J.L., “Adaptive Stochastic Disturbance Accommodating Control,” International Journal of Control, Vol. 84, No. 2, Feb. 2011, pp. 310-335.

[11] Linares, R., Crassidis, J.L., and Cheng, Y., “Constrained Relative Attitude Determination for Two-Vehicle Formations,” AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, Vol. 34, No. 2, March-April, 2011, pp. 543-553.

[12] Cheng, Y., and Crassidis, J.L., “Particle Filtering for Attitude Estimation Using a Minimal Local-Error Representation,” AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, Vol. 33, No. 4, July-Aug. 2010, pp. 1305-1310.

[13] Andrle, M.S, Crassidis, J.L., Linares, R., Cheng, Y., and Hyun, B., “Deterministic Relative Attitude Determination of Three-Vehicle Formations,” AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, Vol. 32, No. 4, July-Aug. 2009, pp. 1077-1088.

[14] Crassidis, J.L., Cheng, Y., Nebelecky, C.K., and Fosbury, A.M., “Decentralized Attitude Estimation Using a Quaternion Covariance Intersection Approach,” The Journal of the Astronautical Sciences, Vol. 57, Nos. 1 & 2, Jan.–June 2009, pp. 113–128.

[15] Fosbury, A.M., and Crassidis, J.L., “Relative Navigation of Air Vehicles,” AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, Vol. 31, No. 4, July-Aug. 2008, pp. 824-834.

[16] Lai, K.-L., and Crassidis, J.L., “Extensions of the First and Second Complex-Step Derivative Approximations,” Journal of Computational and Applied Mathematics, Vol. 219, Issue 1, Sept. 2008, pp. 276-293.

[17] Markley, F.L., Cheng, Y., Crassidis, J.L., and Oshman, Y., “Averaging Quaternions,” AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, Vol. 30, No. 4, July-Aug. 2007, pp. 1193-1196.

[18] Crassidis, J.L., Markley, F.L., and Cheng, Y., “A Survey of Nonlinear Attitude Estimation Methods,” AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, Vol. 30, No. 1, Jan.-Feb. 2007, pp. 12-28.

[19] Kim, S.-G., Crassidis, J.L., Cheng, Y., Fosbury, A.M., and Junkins, J.L., “Kalman Filtering for Relative Spacecraft Attitude and Position Estimation,” AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, Vol. 30, No. 1, Jan.-Feb. 2007, pp. 133-143.

[20] Cheng, Y., Crassidis, J.L., and Markley, F.L., “Attitude Estimation for Large Field-of-View Sensors,” The Journal of the Astronautical Sciences, Vol. 54, Nos. 3-4, July-Dec. 2006, pp. 433-448.

[21] Park, K., and Crassidis, J.L., “A Robust GPS Receiver Self Survey Algorithm,” Navigation: Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Vol. 53, No. 4, Winter 2006, pp. 259-268.

[22] Park, K., and Crassidis, J.L., “Attitude Determination Methods Using Pseudolite Signal Phase Measurements,” Navigation: Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Vol. 53, No. 2, Summer 2006, pp. 121-134.

[23] Kim, J.-R., and Crassidis, J.L., “Spacecraft Attitude Control Using Approximate Receding-Horizon Model-Error Control Synthesis,” AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, Vol. 29, No. 5, Sept.-Oct. 2006, pp. 1023-1031.

[24] Kim, J.-W., Crassidis, J.L., Vadali, S.R., and Dershowitz, A.L., “International Space Station Leak Localization Using Attitude Response Data,” AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, Vol. 29, No. 5, Sept.-Oct. 2006, pp. 1041-1050.

[25] Crassidis, J.L., “Sigma-Point Kalman Filtering for Integrated GPS and Inertial Navigation,” IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems, Vol. 42, No. 2, April 2006, pp. 750-756.

[26] Cole, C.L., and Crassidis, J.L., “Fast Star Pattern Recognition Using Spherical Triangles,” AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, Vol. 29, No. 1, Jan.-Feb. 2006, pp. 64-71.

[27] Crassidis, J.L., Lai, K.-L., and Harman, R.R., “Real-Time Attitude-Independent Three-Axis Magnetometer Calibration,” AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, Vol. 28, No. 1, Jan.-Feb. 2005, pp. 115-120.

[28] Lightsey, E.G., and Crassidis, J.L., “Real Time Attitude Independent GPS Integer Ambiguity Resolution,” The Journal of the Astronautical Sciences, Vol. 52, Nos. 1-2, Jan.-June 2004, pp. 251-267.

[29] Crassidis, J.L., and Markley, F.L., “Unscented Filtering for Spacecraft Attitude Estimation,” AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, Vol. 26, No. 4, July-Aug. 2003, pp. 536-542.