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Dr. Jordan D. Larson

Assistant Professor



  • Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, 2018
  • M.S., Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, 2015
  • B.S., Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, 2013

Dr. Jordan D. Larson is an assistant professor at the University of Alabama (UA) in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics (AEM) where he directs the Laboratory for Autonomy, GNC, and Estimation Research (LAGER) and leads the Platforms team for the Remote Sensing Center (RSC) at UA. Dr. Larson specializes in avionics engineering at the intersection of aerospace engineering, electrical engineering, and computer science and utilizes model-based design principles leveraging advanced statistical methods for multi-vehicle applications.

Dr. Larson’s research programs have included:

  • ground-based multi-target tracking (MTT) of low Earth orbit (LEO) satellites;
  • on-board multi-target tracking (MTT) of aircraft;
  • cooperative navigation;
  • simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) for air and space applications;
  • spacecraft rendezvous and proximity operations (RPO);
  • autonomous path planning for ground, air, and space vehicles;
  • adaptive nonlinear control for small uncrewed aircraft systems;
  • fault detection and fault-tolerant control for small uncrewed aircraft systems;
  • sensor error overbounding;
  • tracking and navigation sensor digital twinning;
  • small uncrewed aircraft system (sUAS) design; and
  • multi-platform command and control (C2) for remote sensing.

More information on this and other research projects in Dr. Larson’s Laboratory for Autonomy, GNC, and Estimation Research (LAGER) is available at

Affiliated Areas
Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, Remote Sensing Center

Selected Publications

  • Hill, V.W., Thomas, R.W., and Larson, J.D., “Autonomous Situational Awareness for Robotic Swarms in High-Risk Environments,” under review in IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems in May 2021.
  • Thomas, R.W. and Larson, J.D., “Receding Horizon Extended Linear Quadratic Regulator for RFS-based Swarms with Target Planning and Automatic Cost Function Scaling,” in IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems, January 2021.
  • Larson, J.D., Gebre-Egziabher, D. and Rife, J.H., ”Multivariate Overbounding with a Gaussian-Pareto Model,” in AIAA Journal of Aerospace Information Systems, vol. 16, no. 4, pp. 148-161, January 2019.
  • Larson, J.D., Gebre-Egziabher, D., and Rife, J.H., ”Gaussian-Pareto Overbounding of DGNSS Pseudoranges from CORS,” in NAVIGATION, the Journal of the Institute of Navigation, vol. 66, no. 1, pp. 139-150, March 2019.
  • Larson, J.D. and Gebre-Egziabher, D., ”Conservatism Assessment of Extreme Value Theory Overbounds,” in IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems, vol. 53, no. 3, pp. 295-1307, June 2017.

Awards and Honors

Dr. Larson's Impact

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UA to Bolster Nation’s Workforce in Precision Timing

A one-of-a-kind graduate program at The University of Alabama will pave the way for highly skilled professionals to enter the ranks of the critical field of precision timing. With nearly $3 million in support from the National Science Foundation, UA is offering 24 graduate school fellowships. The fellowships pay tuition and a stipend for students to concentrate in precision timing, the field of hyper-hyper accurate timekeeping traditionally based on atomic clocks.

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Drone Resolution

UA researchers have shrunk complex radar technology to fit drones, allowing them to capture more, better data to help with water management.

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AEM Assistant Professor Receives ION’s Samuel Burka Award

Dr. Jordan Larson, assistant professor in The University of Alabama’s aerospace engineering and mechanics department, was recently recognized by the Institute of Navigation, or ION, for his research efforts. The...

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