Date of Award

Spring 5-1992

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Electrical Engineering (MEE)


Electrical Engineering

First Advisor

Frederick C. Brockhurst

Second Advisor

Paul D. Smith

Third Advisor

Roger Lautzenhiser


Personal computer based simulations are popular because of the wide availability of personal computers. In this thesis, a simple simulation model of a generic infrared tracker is developed for the personal computer. This thesis first centers on the definition of a generic infrared tracker and the development of a tracker model. The remainder of this thesis is a description of the personal computer based computer simulation model, and a discussion of results of simulation runs to characterize the tracker model response. The conclusion of this thesis is that the simple simulation model serves both as a prototype for developing a simulation model of a real tracker, and as a simple introduction to infrared trackers.