WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Inside INdiana Business) – A Purdue student who developed an on-board training tool that he says could save the U.S. military millions of dollars will compete in the 2021 Collegiate Inventors Competition next month five other teams compete. Mahdi Al-Husseini is a PhD student at the Purdue School of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
He says the Aura training systems he developed with his Stanford University teammate Joshua Barnett can reduce training time for Army helicopter pilots by 10%.
Al-Husseini says Aura analyzes instrument displays using a pipeline of computer vision and machine learning techniques. It then identifies the helicopter maneuver performed and generates performance reports.
“The training of pilots is an intensive process that ensures safe flight and helicopter operations,” said Al-Husseini on the competition form. “The pilots in most aircraft, especially in non-commercial, non-passenger aircraft, however, lack real-time access to sensibly processed flight data.”
Al-Husseini knows something about training military pilots. He is also a rescue pilot in the U.S. Army and flies the HH-60M Sikorsky Black Hawk.
“My ability to fly affects not only me and my crew, but also patients who may need life-saving treatment,” said Lieutenant Al-Husseini.
Al-Husseini estimates Aura could save the army $ 106 million annually in training costs.
Next month, the team will be introducing its aura training system to a team of new entrants to the National Inventors Hall of Fame and officials from the US Patent and Trademark Office.