Dr Omar Kassim Ariff

Lecturer in Aircraft and UAV design

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Office Times

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Biography

I completed my Bachelor’s degree (with 2nd class upper honours) in Aeronautical Engineering from City University, London in 1998 and proceeded to do a fully funded direct PhD program at the UK Defence Academy, Cranfield University, Shrivenham, completing it in 2005. There, I specialized in Guidance and Navigation of Anti-air Missile Systems.

At the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, I focused on guidance, navigation and control of small scale UAVs for his post-doctoral research from 2008 to 2011, and was involved in two UAV development projects. The first was the stabilization and control of a mini vertical take-off and landing UAV, and the second was a 7kg weight class fuel cell powered UAV design and development.

During my term as a Contract Senior Lecturer from 2011 to 2014 with Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Malaysia, I focused on the application of UAVs to agricultural applications, beginning with a multi-rotor UAV development program for use in oil palm plantations, followed by UAV design for oil palm plantation monitoring using hyperspectral imaging devices.

Teaching

Aircraft design, Unmanned Aerial Systems design

Research Interests

• Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and their applications,

• Dynamic Soaring,

• Autonomous Aerial Hard Docking,

• Missile guidance, navigation and control

Qualifications and Memberships

PhD – Anti-Air missile guidance algorithms based on principles of differential geometry Jan1999–Sep 2004 (UK Defense College of Management and Technology) Cranfield University, Dept. of Aerospace, Power and Sensors (Cranfield Bursary funded).

B.Eng. (Aeronautical Engineering) City University, London Aug1996-Jul 1998 Result: 2nd Class Hons.Upper Division Specialisation: Structural dynamics and Aeroelasticity.

Advanced DiplomaComputer Studies Jul 1991-Jun 1993 Oxford University (Distance Learning) Member of AIAA, RAeS.

Publications

Selected Journal publications

• Ariff, O.;Zbikowski, R.; White, B.;Tsuordos, A, “Differential geometric guidance based on the involute of the target’s trajectory” AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics, Vol. 28 No. 2 (circa. 2005) (Scopus indexed).

Ariff, O.; Go, T. H. “ 2D Waypoint Navigation of Small-Scale UAV incorporating Dynamic Soaring” Journal of Navigation 2010 (Scopus indexed).

• Ariff, O. K.; Go, T.H. Wirididjaja, S.; Zhahir, A. “Three dimensional path planning algorithm for small UAVs incorporating existing dynamic soaring heuristics” Applied Mechanics and Materials, TransTech Publishers, Durnten, Zurich vol. 225, pp 403-410 (2012).

• Salih, A.A.A.; Zhahir, A.;Ariff, O. K. “Comparative study on Aircraft Landing Instruments: Accuracies and Limitations” Applied Mechanics and Materials, TransTech Publishers, Durnten, Zurich vol. 225, pp 549-554 (2012).

• Wirididjaja, S.; Rafie, A.S.M.; Romli, F.I.; Ariff, O. K.; “Aerodynamic Interference correction methods case: Subsonic closed wind tunnels” Applied Mechanics and Materials, TransTech Publishers, Durnten, Zurich vol. 225, pp 403-410 (2012).

• Ariff, O. K.; Go, T.H.; Salami, E. “Investigation into air interception guidance algorithms for autonomous aerial hard docking.” Applied Mechanics and Materials, TransTech Publishers, Durnten, Zurich, in press (2014).

• Mat, A.R.;Liew, M.H.; Ariff, O. K. Zhahir, A.; “Autonomous Aerial Hard Docking of Fixed and Rotary Wing UAVs : Task assessment and solution architecture ” Applied Mechanics and Materials, TransTech Publishers, Durnten, Zurich in press (2014).

• Ahmad, M.T.; Ariff, O. K.; Zhahir, A “UPM / Worldgate Starfish: Flexible and Extendable Flight Data Monitoring System” Applied Mechanics and Materials, TransTech Publishers, Durnten, Zurich in press (2014)

Selected Conference Publications

• Ariff, O.; Zbikowski, R.; White, B.; Tsuordos, A, “Differential geometric guidance based on the involute of the target’s trajectory (Planar Aspects)” American Control Conference in Boston, Massachusetts, US (2004) (Scopus Indexed)

• Ariff, O. K.; Go, T.H. “Challenges in the development of VTOL Mini-UAVs” 2nd Aerospace Technology Seminar (organized by Air Logistics Centre, Republic of Singapore Air Force)(2009).

• Ariff, O. K.; Go, T.H. “Dynamic soaring of small-scale UAVs using principles of differential geometry” 8th International Bhurban Conference on Applied Science and Technology (sponsored by IEEE) Islamabad, Pakistan (2010).

• Ariff, O. K.; Go, T.H. “Research challenges for small scale UAVs” 9th International Bhurban Conference on Applied Science and Technology (sponsored by IEEE) Islamabad, Pakistan (2011).

• Salih, A.A.A.; Zhahir, A.;Ariff, O. K. IEEE conference on Space Science and Communication (Iconspace 2013) Modeling and Simulation of a Highly Accurate Ground based Positioning and Landing System.

• Ariff, O.K.; Salami, E.; Romli, F. I. “Key Parameters Of Air Breathing Two-Stroke Combustion Engines For Optimal Design And Integration Into Tactical Small Scale UAVs” Air Breathing Propulsion Systems Integration: AIAA Scitech 2015 Kinnimee, Florida USA Jan 5th -8th.

• Chia, C. C.; Ariff, O. K.; Lee, J.R.; and Gomes, G.C.; Evaluation of Lightning Damages in Composite Wing 2nd Advances in Structural Health Management and Composite Structures (ASHMCS2014) Jeonju, S. Korea, August 27th-29th, 2014.

• Ariff, O.K.; Salami, E.; Teh, W. S.; A.S.M.Rafie; Go, T. H. “Experimental Verification Of Laminar Flow Airfoil RG15 In Low Reynolds Number Regimes For Dynamic Soaring Optimization” 13th International Bhurban Conference on Applied Science and Technology (sponsored by IEEE) Islamabad, Pakistan (2015).

Internal Publications (Part of PhD-restricted circulation)

1. Model Rockets as Test Platforms for Guided Weapons– A Feasibility Study Cranfield Internal Technical Report, March 1999.

2. Novell missile guidance algorithms (transfer thesis) May 2001.

3. Advances in 5th Generation Combat Aircraft Maneuverability – Its impact on missile guidance algorithm development Postgraduate Research Symposium 2002, DCMT Shrivenham (attendance by invitation only).