DE LAFONTAINE Jean

ing., Ph. D.
Full Professor

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Education

  • B. Engineering Physics, Royal Military College Kingston, 1978
  • M.Sc.A. Aerospace Engineering, University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies, Toronto, 1979
  • Ph.D. Aerospace Engineering, University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies, Toronto, 1986

Research expertise and domains

  • Autonomie et intelligence en aérospatiale (avions, satellites, modules d'atterrissage, véhicules d'exploration planétaire) et en mécatronique (véhicules miniers, auto intelligente, asservissement de systèmes).
  • Télé-enseignement utilisant un laboratoire virtuel.

Research Activities

Développement et validation en orbite d'algorithmes et de logiciels visant l'opération autonome de satellites (navigation, guidage, commande, détection de pannes).


Développement d'un système intelligent d'évitement d'obstacles et d'atterrissage autonome sur Mars.


Développement d'algorithmes de commande fly-by-wire robustes pour aéronefs flexibles.


Développement de techniques de commande optimale pour systèmes non-linéaires à paramètres variables.


Développement de techniques et d'outils pédagogiques pour le télé-enseignement utilisant un laboratoire virtuel.

Teaching Activities

  • Cours GEI 720 Commande multivariable appliquée à l'aérospatiale Automne 2005
  • Cours GAR 720 Commande numérique Été 2005
  • Cours GEL 431 Asservissements analogiques Été 2005

Other web links

Scientific communications

Referred Publications

  • A. Kron, J. de Lafontaine, C. Le Peuvédic, Robust Synthesis of Static Output Feedback Controller for Mars Entry, submitted to the 5th IFAC Symposium on Robust Control Design, Toulouse, France, 05-07 Jul. 2006
  • J. de Lafontaine, J. Côté, A. Kron, P. Vuilleumier, S. Santandrea, P. Van Den Braembussche, Validation of Innovative State Estimation and Control Techniques on PROBA-2, Paper 166806, Proc. 6th International ESA Conference on Guidance, Navigation and Control Systems, Loutraki, Greece, 17-20 Oct. 2005
  • J. de Lafontaine, D. Neveu, K. Lebel, Autonomous Planetary Landing Using a LIDAR Sensor: The Guidance and Control Functions, Paper 166821, Proc. 6th International ESA Conference on Guidance, Navigation and Control Systems, Loutraki, Greece, 17-20 Oct. 2005
  • A. Kron, J. de Lafontaine, C. Le Peuvédic, Mars Entry and Aerocapture Robust Control Using Static Output Feedback and LPV Techniques, Paper 166816, Proc. 6th International ESA Conference on Guidance, Navigation and Control Systems, Loutraki, Greece, 17-20 Oct. 2005
  • C. Le Peuvédic,  J. de Lafontaine, A. Kron, Key Control Techniques for GNC Design of Martian Vehicles, Proc.  6th International ESA Conference on Guidance, Navigation and Control Systems, Loutraki, Greece, 17-20 Oct. 2005
  • J. de Lafontaine, D. Neveu, K. Lebel, J. Tripp, E. Martin, A. Ulitsky, R. Carr, S. Janes, Autonomous Hazard-Avoidance Landing on the Moon: Adaptation and Demonstration of the LAPS System, Proc. 2005 International Lunar Conference, Toronto, Canada, 18-23 Sep. 2005
  • J.-F. Hamel, J. de Lafontaine, Improvement of the Analytical Predictor-Corrector Guidance Algorithm Applied to Mars Aerocapture, Paper AIAA-2005-5997,Proc. AIAA Guidance, Navigation and Control Conference and Exhibit, San Francisco, 15-18 Aug. 2005
  • D. Neveu, J. de Lafontaine, K. Lebel, Validation Of Autonomous Hazard-Avoidance Mars Landing Via Closed- Loop Simulations, Paper AIAA-2005-6024, Proc. AIAA Modeling and Simulation Technologies Conference and Exhibit, San Francisco, 15-18 Aug. 2005
  • D. Rochefort, J. de Lafontaine, C.-A. Brunet, A New Satellite Attitude State Estimation Algorithm using Quaternion Neural Networks, Paper AIAA-2005-6447,Proc. AIAA Guidance, Navigation and Control Conference and Exhibit, San Francisco, 15-18 Aug. 2005
  • M. Bélanger, J. de Lafontaine, Quaternion-based Satellite Attitude Control Using Fuzzy Logic, Paper AAS 05–420, Proc. 2005 AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, Lake Tahoe, USA, 07-11 Aug. 2005
  • A. Kron, J. de Lafontaine, C. Le Peuvédic, Mars Aerodynamic Entry Control Using Static Output Feedback and LPV Techniques, Paper AAS 05-216, Proc. 15th AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting, Copper Mountain, USA, 23-27 Jan. 2005
  • J. de Lafontaine, C. Le Peuvédic, Autonomous Generation of Guidance Profiles for Constrained, Minimum-Time, Large-Angle Attitude Manoeuvres, Paper AAS 05-106, Proc. 15th AAS/AIAA Space flight Mechanics Meeting, Copper Mountain, USA, 23-27 Jan. 2005
  • K. Lebel, D. Neveu, C.-E. Lemay, J. de Lafontaine, C.-A. Brunet, Laboratory Demonstration Of Fuel Optimal, Hazard Avoidance Techniques For Autonomous Planetary Landing, Paper AAS 05-145, Proc. AAS/AIAA Space flight Mechanics Meeting, Copper Mountain, USA, 23-27 Jan. 2005
  • For others years, refer to this link.

Non-refereed Contributions

  • J. de Lafontaine, A. Kron, K. Lebel, D. Neveu, Mars Mission Concept: Achieving Precision Landing from Atmospheric Entry to a Pre-Selected Landing Site, presented at the 5th Canadian Space Exploration Workshop, Longueuil, Canada, 12-13 May 2005
  • R. Frampton, R. Richards, M. Bishun, J. Tripp, A. Ulitsky, E. Martin, J. de Lafontaine, Precision Landing and Hazard Avoidance Technology Development, presented at the 2005 International Lunar Conference, Toronto, Canada, 18-23 Sep. 2005

Other information

Local

In 2001, Jean launched his own high-tech SME called NGC Aerospace Ltd. which aims to contribute to the advancement of engineering knowledge as well as to the development of pacific aerospace and terrestrial systems.

NGC Aerospace Ltd. offers analysis, simulation and control services for aeronautical and terrestrial space vehicles. NGC also develops the associated software. Among its various activities, NGC develops the algorithms and real-time control software which enables the navigation, guidance and control of space vehicles. Thus, the aim of NGC is to increase the autonomy, performance, reliability and safety of intelligent vehicles while, at the same time, reducing their operational costs.

As the President of NGC, Jean de Lafontaine has managed a number of innovative R&D projects with various Canadian and European space agencies and companies. Many of these projects are performed in collaboration with the Université de Sherbrooke.

http://www.ngcaerospace.com/

National

  • Member of the consultative committee on the space sector created by the Ministry of Economic Development, Innovation and Exportation of Quebec
  • Member of the advisory committee on the Galileo Masters Project and GNSS

International

  • Member of organising committee and sessions chair of international conferences:

    1. AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conferences
    2. AAS/AIAA Spaceflight Mechanics Meetings
    3. AIAA Guidance, Navigation and Control Conference
    4. ESA Guidance, Navigation and Control Conference
    5. ESA Conference on Space Autonomy
    6. IFAC Symposium on Automatic Control in Aerospace
    7. Organiser of the 2nd international colloquium on tele-education using virtual laboratories (8-9 Aug 2002)
    8. Technical Chairman, AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, Big Sky, Montana (Aug 2003)

  • Member of review committee for the following publications and organisations:

    1. Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics
    2. Journal of Astronautical Sciences
    3. International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC)
    4. NSERC Grant Applications
    5. Modeling, Identification and Control (Norwegian scientific publication)

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