Thesis Defense Announcement for Rebecca Garcia – 03/09/2023 at 1:00 PM

March 2, 2023

Thesis Title: Unmanned Aerial System Integration Safety and Security Technology Ontology 

Date: 03/09/2023 1:00 PM

Location: Simrall Conference Room 228

Candidate: Rebecca Garcia

Degree: Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Committee Members: Dr. Samee U. Khan, Dr. Chaomin, Dr. Yu Luo


Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) is a versatile and essential tool for law enforcement, first responders, utility providers, and the general public. Integrating the UAS into the National Airspace System (NAS) poses a significant challenge to policymakers and manufacturers. A UAS Integration Safety and Security Technology Ontology (ISSTO) has been developed in the Web Ontology Language (OWL) to aid in this integration. ISSTO is a domain ontology covering aviation topics corresponding to flights, aircraft types, manufacturers, temporal/spatial, waivers and authorizations, track data, NAS facilities, air traffic control advisories, weather phenomena, surveillance and security equipment, and events, sensor types, radio frequency ranges, actions, and outcomes. As ISSTO is a domain ontology, it models the current state of UAS integration into the NAS and provides a comprehensive view of every aspect of UAS.