Dr. Guillaume Ducard
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Editorial Board

Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronics

PhD Thesis Co-supervision

  1. Sammy Omari
    “Teleoperation of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles”
    ETH Zürich/UNS
    2012- End 2016.
    Thesis director: Prof. Dr. Roland Siegwart

  2. Konrad Rudin
    “Online Fault Detection and Fail-Safe Control with Application to Unmanned Aerial Systems”
    ETH Zürich
    2011 - Now
    Thesis director: Prof. Dr. Roland Siegwart

Research Proposals and Fund Raising

ECHORD TUAV (Teleoperation of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles), European fund. I contributed to the writing of the research proposal. This project is done in partnership between the UAV team at I3S and the company Skybotix AG (Zürich). Financing of about 100kEUR. Period: 1st April 2012 – 31st August 2013.

ROBOTEX, French funding program for equipment. I contributed to the writing of the research proposal, which was awarded about 150kEUR. Period: 2011 – 2019. Responsible for equipment purchase and management, and for avionics integrations and practical flight experiments with UAVs.

Main Supervisor of the Following Projects

  1. “Design of a New Obstacle Detection Scanner & Collision Avoidance Strategy,” Joran Fonjallaz, Master Thesis, ETH Zürich, October – March 2017.
  2. “Development of a Vision-based Fault Detection Algorithm for an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle,” Simlinger Benedict, ETH Zürich, Master Thesis, April – November 2016.
  3. “Simple obstacle scanner design,” Fonjallaz Joran, ETH Zürich, Semester Project, March – June 2016.
  4. “Sensor Fault Detection for UAVs,” Philipp Kryenbühl, ETH Zürich, Bachelor Thesis, March – June 2016.
  5. “Design of a UAV Propeller Testbench,” Robin Narbey, Marie Boyer, Jimmy Alibert, Semester Project, Polytech'Nice/I3S, November 2015 - June 2016.
  6. “Design of an Air-flow Angle Sensor for a UAV,” Camille Aubert, Rozen Tasse, Iman-Maria Naitijja, Semester Project, Polytech'Nice/I3S, November 2014 - June 2015.
  7. “Robust Fixed WIng Controller Against Actuator Faults," Lukas Mosimann, Master Thesis, I3S France/ETH Zürich, February - August 2014.
  8. Coupe de France de Robotique, Astorgis Alexandre, Barbero Laurent, Bousiane Ibtissam, Dickman Zachary, Joanno Yann, Laurent Valentin, Semester Project, Polytech'Nice/I3S, November 2013 - June 2014.
  9. “Improvements and Automation of a Test-bench for an Aircraft Airspeed Sensor,” Giannini Marion, Vincent Fagot, Barrot Jean-Baptiste, Semester Project, Polytech'Nice/I3S, November 2013 - June 2014.
  10. “Design of a Sensor for the Measurement of Angle-of-attack and Sideslip Angle on a UAV,” Hochart Alexandre, Blanco Jeremy, Medina Audrey, Semester Project, Polytech'Nice/I3S, November 2013 - June 2014.
  11. “Design of a Test-bench for an Aircraft Airspeed Sensor,” Julien Cellier, Engineering Internship, I3S France, July-August 2013.
  12. “Design of an Avionic Suite for a Small UAV,” Ludovic Miranda, Engineering Internship, I3S France, July-August 2013.
  13. “Ground Control Station and Onboard Data Management for a Small UAV,” Arnaud Ruiz, Engineering Internship, I3S France, July-August 2013.
  14. “Development of a Graphical User Interface for the Balancing Arm System,” Nima Soroush and Kiran Roy, Engineering Internship. UNSA-I3S France, March—June 2013.
  15. “Control Allocation Strategies for a Multi-rotor Type Helicopter”, Thomas Schneider, Master Thesis, ETHZ/UNSA, June – December 2011.
  16. “Development of Control Algorithms for the Tele-Operation of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles,” Mark Müeller, Engineering Internship, ETHZ/UNSA, April 2011-July 2011.
  17. “Robust Attitude Estimation and Control of a UAV,” Konrad Rudin, Master Thesis, ETHZ/UNSA, March--August 2010. Award: ETH Medal for the Master Work .
  18. Flying Machine Arena, Team Leader, 2008-2009, ETH Zürich, http://www.idsc.ethz.ch/Research_DAndrea/FMA/participants
  19. “Automatic Tuning of Flight Controllers,” Mark Mueller, Semester Project, ETH Zürich, September--December 2010.
  20. “On-line Parameter Identification of a Quadrotor,” C. Wegmüller, Master Thesis, ETH Zürich, June--December 2009.
  21. “Self-Charging Stations for Flying Vehicles,” A. Chernov, Semester Project, ETH Zürich, June 2008.
  22. “Modelling and Control Design of an Unmanned Airship,” Peter Sax and Raphael Zimmermann, Bachelor Thesis, ETH Zürich, July 2007.
  23. “Data Acquisition System for a UAV,” Aldo Zgraggen, Bachelor Thesis, ETH Zürich, July 2007.
  24. “Data Acquisition System for the UAV Mini Control Unit,” Remo Müller, Semester Project, ETH Zürich, January 2007.
  25. “Implementation of a Navigation Algorithm for a Small UAV,” J. C. Metzger, Bachelor Thesis, ETH Zürich, July 2006.
  26. “On-line Trajectory Reconfiguration,” Aron Bläsi, Bachelor Thesis, ETH Zürich, July 2006.
  27. “UAV Mini Control Unit Design,” Michael Schatt and Manuel Räber, Bachelor Thesis, ETH Zürich, February 2006.
  28. “Simplified Fault-Tolerant Algorithms for Embedded Application in UAVs,” Ghislain Fourny, Semester Project, ETH Zürich, February 2006.
  29. “High Performance Control Unit for a UAV,” Florian Dörfler, Master of Science Thesis, ETH Zürich, September 2005.
  30. “Software Design for a Mini Control Unit for UAVs,” David Keller and Andreas Just, Bachelor Thesis, ETH Zürich, July 2005.
  31. “Design of a Controller for a Redundant Actuator System on UAVs,” Andreas Horni, Bachelor Thesis, ETH Zürich, July 2005.
  32. “Fault-Tolerant Control and Fault Detection for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles,” Daniel Rupp, Master of Science Thesis, ETH Zürich, February 2005.


PhD Examinations

Examinor of the PhD thesis of

Invitations as (co-)chairman

Reviewer of Papers Submitted to:

  1. IEEE Transactions on Control System Technologies
  2. Journal of Field Robotics
  3. IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine
  4. IEEE Transactions on Robotics
  5. IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems
  6. European Journal of Control
  7. Elsevier Journal of Robotics and Autonomous Systems
  8. IET Control Theory & Applications
  9. Wiley International Journal of Adaptive Control and Signal Processing
  10. Control Engineering Practice
  11. Chinese Journal of Aeronautics
  12. International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems
  13. IEEE International Conference on Control and Fault Tolerant Systems (Systol).
  14. IEEE American Control Conference (ACC)
  15. IEEE Mediteranean Control Conference (MED)
  16. IFAC World Congress
  17. IEEE Conference on Control Applications (CCA)

Reviewer of Book Proposals Submitted to:

  1. Springer
  2. Wiley
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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.