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Assistant Professor

Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, Remote Sensing Center

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


Dr. Jordan Larson is an assistant professor at The University of Alabama in the department of aerospace engineering and mechanics. He received his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate in aerospace engineering and mechanics from the University of Minnesota where he also spent one year as a post-doctoral research associate. While at Minnesota, he was fortunate enough to be a part of a variety of research projects at the University and for companies in the Twin Cities. These projects included cell phone-based navigation for small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS), multi-sensor fusion for battery management systems and multi-target tracking, and multi-agent tracking and planning using random finite sets (RFS).

Starting with his dissertation, Dr. Larson has also worked with advanced statistical methods for validation and verification of sensor data fusion algorithms based on sensor error bounding, a concept known as overbounding. Development of his method known as Gaussian-Pareto Overbounding (GPO) is ongoing.
In addition, Dr. Larson also leads the sUAS operations and guidance, navigation, and control (GNC) systems for the Remote Sensing Center. This includes the optimal design of the sUAS platforms for remote sensing using radar, the command and control (C2) for performing field operations, and the high precision navigation required for advanced remote sensing concepts.

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

Honors and Awards

  • Institute of Navigation (ION), Dr. Samuel M. Burka Award, 2020

Areas of Research

Latest 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.