Dr. Guillaume Ducard
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2010 – Now:

2008 – 2009: Post Doc at the Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control (IDSC), ETH Zürich, Switzerland.
Research in "Simulation, Control and Guidance of a Swarm of Quadricopters" for the Flying Machine Arena (FMA).

I contributed to the initial setup of the FMA. I designed the very first flight control and guidance systems for the quadrocopters. I also developed the first version of the simulator, which enabled the design and debug of various flight controllers, guidance algorithms, and multi-vehicle coordinated flights. Details here.
Supervision: Prof. Dr. Raffaello D'Andrea.

Ph.D. Thesis: n° 17505, ETH Zurich, November 2007.
Institute: Control and Measurement Laboratory, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zürich).
Title: “Fault-tolerant Flight Control and Guidance Systems for a Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle.”
Thesis supervisor: Prof. Dr. Hans P. Geering.

October 2004 – Master of Science (MSc.), ETH Zurich, Switzerland, in «Electrical Engineering and Information Technology».
MSc Thesis: “Mini Control System for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles”.

Laboratoire d'Informatique, Signaux et Systèmes de Sophia-Antipolis - UNS - CNRS
2000, route des Lucioles - Les Algorithmes - bât. Euclide B - BP 121 - 06903 Sophia Antipolis Cedex - France
Tél. +33 4 92 94 27 01 - Fax : +33 4 92 94 28 98 - www.i3s.unice.fr

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September 2018: New lecture notes about Digital Control are now available.

September 2015: Check latest Conference paper:
K. Rudin, L. Mosimann, G. Ducard, R.Y. Siegwart, “Robust Actuator Fault-tolerant Control using DK-Iteration: Theory and Application to UAS,” in Proceedings of the IFAC SAFEPROCESS, pp. 392 – 397, 2 – 4 September 2015. Publications.

April 2015: Check latest journal paper:
G. Ducard, SMAC-FDI: “Single Model Active Fault Detection and Isolation System for Unmanned Aircraft,” in International Journal of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science. Publications.

October 2014: New papers presented at the IEEE Multi Systems Control Conference, Antibes, France.

September 2014: New book chapter in Handbook of UAVs, check Publications.

June 2014: New paper presented at the IEEE European Control Conference, Strasbourg, France.

November 2013: G. Ducard is teaching a new lecture at MSc level: Robotics. This class is mainly dedicated to avionic sytems used in UAV technologies. See the description of the lecture here.