Haiyang Chao

School of Engineering - Aerospace Engineering
Assistant Professor
Primary office:
Learned Hall
Room 2130
University of Kansas
1530 West 15th Street
Lawrence, KS 66045

Research Interest

Estimated and Control of Autonomous Aerospace Vehicles
Cooperative Sensing and Control
Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems


Cooperative Unmanned Systems

Teaching Interests

  • Aerospace Instrumentation, Avionics, Control, Autonomous Aerospace Vehicle

Research Interests

  • Small/micro UAV system development, cooperative control, vision-aided navigation, sensor fusion, remote sensing, wind/gust/wake estimation

Selected Publications

Tian, P. & Chao, H. (2018). Model Aided Estimation of Angle of Attack, Sideslip Angle, and 3D Wind without Flow Angle Measurements. AIAA Guidance, Navigation, & Control Conference.

Gowravaram, S. Flanagan, H. Tian, P. & Chao, H. (2018). Prescribed Fire Monitoring Using KHawk Unmanned Aircraft Systems. AIAA Infotech Conference.

Ringkowski, M. & Chao, H. (2017). State estimation using inertial optical flows for a fixed-wing UAS. International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems, 816-821.

Rhudy, M. Gu, Y. Gross, J. & Chao, H. (2017). Onboard Wind Velocity Estimation Comparison for Unmanned Aircraft Systems. IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems , 53(1), 55-66.

Tian, P. He, A. Chao, H. Zheng, Z. C., & Gu, Y. (2017). Wake Encounter Simulation and Flight Validation with UAV Close Formation Flight. AIAA Guidance, Navigation, & Control Conference.

Chao, H. Flanagan, H. Tian, P. & Hagerott, S. (2017). Flight Test Investigation of Stall/Spin Detection Techniques for a Flying Wing UAS. AIAA Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Conference.

Chao, H. Gu, Y. Gross, J. Rhudy, M. & Napolitano, M. (2016). Flight-Test Evaluation of Navigation Information in Wide-Field Optical Flow. Journal of Aerospace Information Systems, 13(11), 419-432. http://arc.aiaa.org/doi/abs/10.2514/1.I010482

He, A. Tian, P. Zheng, Z. C., Chao, H. & Gu, Y. (2016). A Study on Wake Turbulence Encounter during UAV Formation Flight Using Coupled Aerodynamics/Flight Dynamics Simulation. 8th AIAA Atmospheric and Space Environments Conference, AIAA Aviation, AIAA 2016-3439. http://arc.aiaa.org/doi/abs/10.2514/6.2016-3439

Rice, C. Gu, Y. Chao, H. Larrabee, T. Gururajan, S. Napolitano, M. Mandal, T. & Rhudy, M. (2016). Autonomous Close Formation Flight Control with Fixed Wing and Quadrotor Test Beds. International Journal of Aerospace Engineering, 2016(9517654). DOI://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2016/9517654 https://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijae/2016/9517654/

Tian, P. Chao, H. Gu, Y. & Hegerott, S. (2016). UAV Flight Test Evaluation of Fusion algorithms for Estimation of Angle of Attack and Sideslip Angle. AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference.

Zhang, M. Wang, G. Chao, H. & Wu, P. (2015). Fast and Robust Algorithm for Fundamental Matrix Estimation. International Conference on Image Analysis and Recognition.

Rhudy, M. Fravolini, M. L., Gu, Y. Napolitano, M. Gururajan, S. & Chao, H. (2015). Aircraft model-independent airspeed estimation without pitot tube measurements. IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems, 51(3), 1980-1995.

Chao, H. Gu, Y. Tian, P. Zheng, Z. & Napolitano, M. (2015). Wake Vortex Detection with UAV Close Formation Flight. AIAA Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Conference. AIAA.

Rhudy, M. Gu, Y. Chao, H. & Gross, J. (2015). Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Navigation Using Wide-Field Optical Flow and Inertial Sensors. Journal of Robotics, 2015, 251379.

Rhudy, M. Chao, H. & Gu, Y. (2014). Wide Field Optical Flow Aided Inertial Navigation for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. In , IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS)

Larrabee, T. Chao, H. Rhudy, M. Gu, Y. & Napolitano, M. (2014). American Control Conference. Wind Field Estimation in UAV Formation Flight.

Rhudy, M. Gu, Y. & Chao, H. (2014). AIAA Modeling and Simulation Technologies Conference. Wind Field Velocity and Acceleration Estimation Using a Small UAV.

Rice, C. Gu, Y. Chao, H. Larrabee, T. Gururajan, S. Napolitano, M. Mandal, T. & Rhudy, M. (2014). 2014 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems. Control Performance Analysis for Autonomous Close Formation Flight Experiments.

Gururajan, S. Fravolini, M. Chao, H. & Napolitano, M. (2013). AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition. Performance Evaluation of Analytical Redundancy Solutions to Airspeed Sensor Failure Detection and Accommodation for a Small UAV.


B.S. Zhejiang University
M.S. Zhejiang University
Ph.D. Utah State University

Current Research Projects

Wind/Gust/Wake Estimation
Remote Sensing
Vision Aided Navigation

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