Unmanned X Systems

Unmanned X Systems

The Unmanned X Systems (UXS) development group is a Vertically Integrated Project (VIP) aimed towards the advancement of Unmanned Systems technologies.  The need for robust software and hardware robot platform(s), often equipped with expensive sensors and instrumentation, creates a high barrier of entry to the field of robotics and unmanned systems.  By following the VIP academic framework, the UXS development group aims to engineer robust unmanned aerial, surface, and underwater platforms for practical applications.  Our research interests are in the areas of autonomous systems, swarm robotics, locomotion and manipulation, platform design, instrumentation, localization, and sensor fusion.

Current resource appocation in the Unmanned X Systems (UXS) research group can be separated into three groups: (1) platform development, (2) algorithm development, and (3) research advancement.  Platform development describes the design and manufacturing of robotic platform(s) demonstrating core (basic) functionality, e.g. state/pose measurement, path planning and following, obstacle identification (object and image recognition), command-and-control software architecture, and hardware interoperability.  Algorithm development describes high-level robot functionality, requiring state-of-the-art robot technologies, particularly in autonomous computing techniques, e.g. navigation in unstructured environments, simultaneous localization and mapping, obstacle avoidance, state estimation, sensor fusion, behavior-based agent(s), optimal control, environmental interaction, and energy optimality.  Success in the platform and algorithm development tasks is defined by culminating participation in the AUVSI RobotX competition in December 2016.  Research advancement describes the development and application of novel UXS technologies.

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