UAV research and labs

Air Vehicle Intelligence and Autonomy Lab

Research conducted in the Air Vehicle Intelligence and Autonomy Laboratory (AVIA) is centered around planning and control algorithms to enable high performance autonomy, with a primary focus on robotic flight vehicles.

Key Faculty: Jack Langelaan

Current Projects:

  • Exploiting Energy Available in the Environment
  • Safe Navigation for Small Autonomous Vehicles
  • Ground-based Tracking of Migrating Raptors Using Computer Vision

Visit the AVIA website to learn more about current projects.

Past Projects:

  • Flight of Robotic Aircraft Among Obstacles
  • Passive GPS-Free Navigation


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