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Richard A. Coogle is a PhD student in the field of electrical and computer engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, as well as a Graduate Research Assistant with the Georgia Tech Research Institute. He received his BS in computer engineering (2003) and MS in electrical and computer engineering (2009) from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Prior to returning to academia, he was a software engineer at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, developing avionics simulation software,  software for mock control display units used in the MC-130E Combat Talon I Weapons System Trainer, and a new Display Language (DILA) compiler for the Self-Contained Navigation System (SCNS).  He later worked at Northrop Grumman Technical Services, acting as one of the primary investigators for the Dynamic Test Stand (DTS) simulation software platform internal research and development effort.  This platform represented an entire avionics system using a database and simulations as modules with common interfaces that could be linked together to build new avionics platforms for integration and testing as well as training purposes.  While at Northrop Grumman, Mr. Coogle also acted as lead software engineer for the development of a scriptable automated test infrastructure to be integrated with the DTS system.  At GTRI, he is one of the primary developers of the ONR/GTRI MIMO Benchmark, a software platform for performing research into Multiple-Input-Multiple-Output (MIMO) radar techniques and algorithms, as well as providing an evaluation platform for such methods.   His thesis research is in the field of robotics, specifically in improving robotic search in unstructured environments for uncertain goal positions by exploiting the uncertainty in the positions.  His overall research interests include target tracking, field robotics, behavior-based robotics, and task assignment algorithms.

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“The field of interest shall be the organization, systems engineering, design, development, integration, and operation of complex systems for space, air, ocean, or ground environments. These systems include but are not limited to navigation, avionics, mobile electric power and electronics, radar, sonar, telemetry, military, law-enforcement, automatic test, simulators, and command and control."


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