Shane Ross, professor of dynamical systems at Virginia Tech in Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics Department. His research has been supported by the NSF and NASA, and he has received awards from NASA and the Americal Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics for his work on astrodynamics.

Dr. Shane D. Ross

PhD Caltech 2004, Advisor: Marsden
Shane Ross
  • Associate Professor of Dynamical Systems
  • Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics
  • Virginia Tech
  • Contact info

    Papers | Talks | Books | Movies | CV | Bio | Students

    astrodynamics | atmospheric transport | aerobiology

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  • A spatiotemporal movie of an atmospheric transport barrier (ATB). ATBs may play a role in the population structure of airborne microbes, controlling movement between geographically dispersed habitats. Work to test these hypotheses is underway.
    Atmospheric transport barrier passes over Blacksburg.
    See funded NSF project links at left, below - see movie



    RESEARCH INTERESTS
    Dynamical systems theory,
    computations, visualization,
    control, and applications


    Funded Projects:
    NSF CAREER Phase space transport
    NSF CMMI Aerobiological mixing
    NSF IGERT MultiSTEPS
    NSF BIO Barriers and invasions
    NSF EFRI Insect fluid control

    Applications to:
    Airborne microbe spread
    Pollution dispersion
    Bio-locomotion
    Bioinspiration
    Mechanics
    Aerobiology
    Environmental flow analysis
    Topology of transport
    Stirring & mixing
    Forecasts and predictability
    Lagrangian coherent structutres
    Almost-invariant sets
    Almost-cyclic sets
    Population dynamics
    Optimal control
    Fuel-efficiency
    Efficient navigation
    Astrodynamics
    Chemical physics
    Chaotic advection
    Hamiltonian systems
    Dynamical astronomy

    RESOURCES
  • Papers
  • Books
  • Movies
  • Talks

  • MISC
  • Students
  • Collaborators
  • Space tubes
  • SBES

  • GROUPS & SEMINARS
  • ESM Seminars
  • AOE Seminars
  • Math Seminars
  • MultiSTEPS


  • Co-founder of MultiSTEPS (interdisciplinary program, NSF IGERT / IGEP)


    Associate editor for Communications in Nonlinear Science and Numerical Simulation
    RECENT NEWS

    Sep 2014 See new paper (and movie) using front propagation in 3D time-varying, non-uniform fluid flow to find a reachable set and perform minimum time control for a vehcile. Code, visualization and paper written by undergrad student Nick Sharp.

    Sep 2014 See new paper on Experimental determination of three-dimensional finite-time Lyapunov exponents in multi-component flows in the journal Experiments in Fluids with Georgia Tech postdoc (and former PhD student) Sam Raben

    Aug 2014 Ross speaking at CDS@20, the 20th anniversary of the Control and Dynamical Systems (CDS) PhD program at Caltech. My talk.

    Jun 2014 See new paper on Seasonal associations and atmospheric transport distances of fungi in the genus Fusarium collected with unmanned aerial vehicles and ground-based sampling devices in the journal Atmospheric Environment

    May 2014 See new paper on A theoretical analysis of pitch stability during gliding in flying snakes in the journal Bioinspiration & Biomimetics

    Apr 2014 Ross to give talk at Cornell on May 2, Center for Applied Mathematics colloquium

    Mar 2014 Two new papers on aerobiology appearing in Plant Disease based on MultiSTEPS trainee AJ Prussin's field work, Estimating the Production and Release of Ascospores from a Field-Scale Source of Fusarium graminearum Inoculum and Monitoring the Long-Distance Transport of Fusarium graminearum from Field-Scale Sources of Inoculum

    Feb 2014 Congratulations to Amir BozorgMagham on defending his PhD in Engineering Mechanics!

    Jan 2014 Congratulations to Nick Sharp. His programming team has advanced to the 2014 ACM-ICPC World Finals in Ekaterinurg, Russia this summer.

    Dec 2013 See new paper on Computation of finite time Lyapunov exponents from time resolved particle image velocimetry data in Experiments in Fluids, about improving the accuracy of Lagrangian coherent structure (LCS) calculations from particle tracking in fluid experiments

    Oct 2013 Browse last year's projects in Frontiers in Dynamical Systems. Be sure to request the course for Spring 2014 (see ad)

    Oct 2013 Please sign up for two classes in Spring 2014 which I'm teaching: ESM 6984 SS: Frontiers in Dynamical Systems and ESM 6314 Advanced Dynamics -- links go to the course announcements

    Oct 2013 Two new talks posted: "Geophysical transport structure and ecology: challenges and opportunities" and "Identifying transport structure: set-oriented FTLE, bifurcations of transfer operator modes, and predicting critical transitions"

    Sep 2013 Congratulations to David Schmale for being named one of Popular Science's Brilliant Ten for 2013!

    Aug 2013 From September to December, Ross will be visiting faculty at ICMAT (Institute of Mathematical Sciences) in Madrid, Spain. If you'll be in the area, let me know!

    Aug 2013 Congratulations to Sam Raben on finishing his PhD in Mechanical Engineering and starting as a Joesph Ford Postdoctoral Fellow at Georgia Tech!

    Jul 2013 Ross to speak at workshop in September on Uncovering Transport Barriers in Geophysical Flows at the Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery

    May 2013 See new paper on Real-time prediction of atmospheric Lagrangian coherent structures based on forecast data: An application and error analysis in Physica D, with lead author Amir BozorgMagham

    May 2013 Come to my session at Snowbird and hear my talk, (abstract here). Slides of the talk are posted here.

    May 2013 Congratulations to Binbin Lin and A.J. Prussin, who just passed their Ph.D. defenses! Congratulations also to Shibabrat Naik for passing his preliminary exam!

    May 2013 Congratulations to my former student Dr. Phanindra Tallapragada (EM PhD '10), who will join Clemson University as an assistant professor of mechanical engineering in Fall 2013!

    Apr 2013 We found a new faculty member! Congratulations to James Hanna, currently of U Mass, who will be joining ESM in August 2013.

    Dec 2012 New paper on Topological chaos, braiding and bifurcation of almost-cyclic sets published in Chaos (content includes movies under multimedia)

    Oct 2012 My former ESM masters student Jeff Twigg is featured in a press release of the Army Research Lab, Army researchers link ground robots for collaborative autonomy

    Oct 2012 New paper on Capturing near-Earth asteroids around Earth has appeared in Acta Astronautica

    Sep 2012 New paper on A set oriented definition of the finite-time Lyapunov exponents and coherent sets accepted to Communications in Nonlinear Science and Numerical Simulation

    July 2012 Ross receives 2011-12 Liviu Librescu Prize

    July 2012 Tentative schedule of speakers at International Conference on Flow Dynamics (ICFD), September 19-21, 2012 in Sendai, Japan is available here.

    past news

    VIDEOS OF THE MOMENT

    Flying snake simulation: longitudinal dynamics


    Flying snake trajectory and attitude dynamics, with forces


    Topological chaos, braiding and bifurcation of almost-cyclic sets


    Movie shows switching order of eigenmode branches as a parameter is changed, as well as changes along branches.


    Airborne pathogen spread




    Near-Earth asteroid capture




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