A Week in Review: 3/30/14 – 4/5/14

April 1, 2014

Enhanced Autopilot System Could Help Prevent Accidents Like 2009 Air France 447 Crash
Thirty lines of computer code might have saved Air France flight 447, and 228 passengers and crew aboard, from plunging into the Atlantic Ocean on June 1, 2009, according to new research by Carlos Varela, an associate professor of computer science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Varela and his research group have developed a computer system that detects and corrects faulty airspeed readings, such as those that contributed to the AF447 crash. Their approach to detecting errors could be applicable in many systems that rely on sensor readings.
http://news.rpi.edu/content/2014/04/01/enhanced-autopilot-system-could-help-prevent-accidents

April 3, 2014

AFOSR welcomes new director, Dr. L. Wayne Brasure
Dr. L. Wayne Brasure, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is Director, AFOSR: The Basic Research Directorate of the Air Force Research Laboratory, where he manages the entire basic research investment portfolio for the Air Force. Dr. Brasure leads a staff of 200 scientists, engineers and administrators in the U.S., and foreign technology offices in London, Tokyo and Santiago, Chile.
http://www.af.mil/AboutUs/Biographies/Display/tabid/225/Article/108591/dr-l-wayne-brasure.aspx