J. Kasdin Promoted to Professor by Princeton Board of Trustees
Professor Kasdin's interests are in space systems design, orbital mechanics, guidance and control of space vehicles, optimal estimation, and stochastic process modeling. He is currently the Principal Investigator for the Princeton Terrestrial Planet Finder (TPF) group. This is an interdepartmental group of faculty, staff, and graduate students from MAE, Astrophysics, the Institute for Advanced Study, and other departments that is working with Ball Aerospace on design studies for NASA's TPF mission. TPF will be a large space based observatory to detect and characterize earthlike planets in the habitable zone of nearby stars. The Princeton group is working on optical design, laboratory verification, wavefront control, systems engineering, trajectory analysis and scientific characterization, among other areas.
Professor Kasdin has also done research in nonlinear techniques for optimal state estimation in the presence of noise and other stochastic processes. He developed a new method for estimation known as the two-step estimator. These techniques are being applied to problems in satellite attitude estimation, reentry vehicles, missile guidance, and underwater vehicles. He also has research interests in stochastic modeling and simulation