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Randy Atkins: Rudolf Kalman invented the Kalman Filter to get more information about rapidly changing conditions –- like precise location of an aircraft – than sensors can actually measure.
Robert Bass: You can estimate all the things that normally would require a big suite of instruments, and you don’t need them anymore.
Randy Atkins: Robert Bass is an engineer who worked with Kalman on the filter. It isn’t a physical filter, but a series of mathematical steps called an algorithm.
Robert Bass: A modern digital computer can do it so fast that a human being thinks it’s happening instantaneously, as far as we’re concerned it’s happening in real time.
Randy Atkins: And that's vital for applications like auto-piloting our airplanes. With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, 103 point 5 F-M, WTOP Radio.