Graduation Year


Document Type




Degree Granting Department

Electrical Engineering

Major Professor

Ravi Sankar, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Kenneth A. Buckle, Ph.D.

Committee Member

David Snider, Ph.D.


Mean, Recursive, Least, Square, Estimator


Existing opportunities in advanced interceptor, satellite guidance and aircraft navigation technologies, requiring higher signal processing speeds and lower noise environments, are demanding Ring Laser Gyro (RLG) based Inertial Systems to reduce initialization and operational data latency as well as correlated noise magnitudes. Existing signal processing algorithms are often less than optimal when considering these requirements. Advancements in micro-electronic processes have made Application Specific Integrated Circuits (ASIC) a fundamental building block for system implementation when considering higher-level signal processing algorithms.

Research of real time adaptive signal processing algorithms embedded in ASICs for use in RLG based inertial systems will help to understand the trade-off in finite register length effects to correlated noise magnitude, organizational complexity, computational efficiency, rate of convergence, and numerical stability. Adaptive filter structures selected will directly affect meeting inertial system performance requirements for data latency, residual noise budgets and real time processing throughput. Research in this area will help to target specific adaptive noise cancellation algorithms for RLG based inertial systems in a variety of military and commercial space applications.

Of particular significance is an attempt to identify an algorithm embedded in an ASIC that will reduce the correlated noise components to the theoretical limit of the RLG sensor itself. This would support a variety of applications for the low noise space environments that the RLG based inertial systems are beginning to find promise for such as advanced military interceptor technology and commercial space satellite navigation, guidance and control systems.