Simon Yu


Simon is an undergraduate student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is currently an undergraduate research assistant at the Real-Time and Embedded System Laboratory working on the autopilot framework for the helicopter, including designing and tuning PID controllers, local planner algorithms, and other components for controlling the helicopter. During the Fall 2017 semester, Simon was assigned to work on the helicopter autopilot within the new autopilot framework that were currently being developed in Professor Caccamo's lab. Compared to the previous autopilot structure that were deployed on the hardware, the newly designed structure is highly customizable and efficient, making future extensions such as the power awareness and management of the aircraft simple to integrate. Simon's task during the semester was to develop and optimize the new autopilot framework for the helicopter, including tuning PID controller, designing a local planner specifically for the helicopter, and so on. The local planner that Simon was working on instructs the helicopter to roll and yaw simultaneously while performing curved path sections, providing necessary centripetal forces to stabilize the aircraft. This project will allowed Simon to have the opportunities to learn more about advanced C++ programming as well as some high-level software engineering and designing skills, which were consider to be extremely valuable project experiences for future studies and career.