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Autonomous systems

A remote controlled aircraft
An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) flight operation at Kentland Experimental Aerial Systems (KEAS) Laboratory. The airfield includes an asphalt airstrip, a state-of-the-art weather station to log meteorological data, and a UAV hangar with research workspace.

Research in autonomous systems enables greater autonomy to explore seas, skies, and space. We develop methodologies for the analysis, design, and control of autonomous systems, focusing on:

  • Design and optimization of vehicles for endurance and range; integration of sensors; and missions
  • Development of advanced guidance and control
  • Development of sensing and navigation methods
  • Modeling and analysis of vehicle dynamics
  • Formal validation of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) flight control software
  • Motion planning and control of agile vehicles
  • Cooperative control in complex environments
  • Obstacle-sensitive trajectory regulation
  • Acoustic and non-acoustic signatures