David S. Bayard

  • Ph.D. 1984, State University of New York, Stonybrook
  • MS, 1979, State University of New York, Stonybrook
  • BA, 1976, City University of New York, Queens College

Research Interests: 

Stochastic control, adaptive control, signal processing, nonlinear filtering, vision-based navigation, system identification, robust control, dynamic programming/optimization, spacecraft control, and control of large flexible structures

Professional Experience: 

Current Positions

  • JPL Technical Fellow
  • Senior Research Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Group Supervisor, Guidance & Control Section (343)
  • Navigation Lead for NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter

Professional Society Memberships

  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Associate Fellow
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Senior Member
  • Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics

Society and Editorial Services

  • IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, Associate Editor (2000-2003)
  • AIAA Technical Committee on Multi-Disciplinary Optimization (MDO) (1998-2002)


  • Visiting Professor, State University of New York, Stonybrook (1984)
  • Lecturer, USC Medical School, Laboratory of Pharmacokinetics (2005-2009)

Public Outreach

  • IEEE Control Systems Magazine, People in Control “Luck and Pluck”, Interview with David S. Bayard, Vol. 26, No. 2, pp. 26-29, April 2006.

Selected Awards: 
  • Control Engineering Practice Award (2006), American Automatic Control Council (AACC)
  • NASA Exceptional Engineering Achievement Medal (2005)
  • NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal (2002)
  • NASA Exceptional Service Medal (1995)

Selected Publications: 

Highlights include

  • Four (4) US patents
  • Over 180 publications in professional peer-reviews journals and conferences
  • Over 60 NASA Tech Brief Awards

Recent Publications

  1. D.S. Bayard, D.T. Conway, R. Brockers, J.H. Delaune, L.H. Matthies, H.F. Grip, G.B. Merewether, T.L. Brown and A.M. San Martin, “Vision-Based Navigation for the NASA Mars Helicopter,” AIAA 2019-1411, AIAA SciTech 2019 Forum, January 7-11, 2019, San Diego, CA, Best GNC Paper Award, AIAA SciTech 2019
  2. B. Acikmese and D.S. Bayard, “Markov Chain Approach to Probabilistic Swarm Guidance of Autonomous Agents,” Asian Journal of Control, Vol 17, No. 4, pp. 1-20, July 2015, Best Paper Award for 2016, Asian Journal of Control.
  3. D.S. Bayard, “High Precision Three-Axis Pointing and Control,” (Book Chapter) Encyclopedia of Aerospace Engineering. John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, NJ, December 15, 2010
  4. D.S. Bayard and A. Schumitzky, “Implicit Dual Control Based on Particle Filtering and Forward Dynamic Programming,” International Journal of Adaptive Control and Signal Processing, Vol. 24, No. 3, pp. 155-177, March 2010.
  5. D.S. Bayard, “Reduced-Order Kalman Filtering with Relative Measurements,” J. Guidance, Control and Dynamics, Vol. 32, No. 2, pp. 679-686, March-April, 2009.
  6. D.S. Bayard, B.H. Kang, P.B. Brugarolas, D. Boussalis, “Focal Plane Calibration of the Spitzer Space Telescope: A High-Order Kalman Filtering Approach,” IEEE Control Systems Magazine, Special Edition on Applications of the Kalman Filter, Vol. 29, No. 6, pp. 47-70, December 2009.
  7. D.S. Bayard and P.B. Brugarolas, “An On-Board Vision-Based Spacecraft Estimation Algorithm for Small Body Exploration,” IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems., Vol. 44, No. 1, pp. 243-260, January 2008.
  8. D.S. Bayard and G. Neat, “Performance Characterization of a Stellar Interferometer: Identification of Sensor Noise Models from Empirical Data,” IEEE Control Systems Magazine, Vol. 27, No. 5, pp. 90-108, October 2007.
  9. P. Brugarolas, D.S. Bayard, J. Spanos, W. Breckenridge, “System Identification of a Nonlinear Flexible Mode for the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission,” AIAA J. Guidance, Control and Dynamics, Vol. 29, No. 2, pp. 421-426, March-April 2006.
  10. D.S. Bayard, “A State-Space Approach to Computing Spacecraft Pointing Jitter,” AIAA J. Guidance, Control and Dynamics, Vol. 27, No. 3, pp. 426-433, May-June 2004.
  11. D.S. Bayard, “A General Theory of Linear Time Invariant Adaptive Feedforward Systems with Harmonic Regressors,” IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, Vol. 45, No. 11, pp. 1983-1996, November 2000.
David S. Bayard
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