AIMS Lab at ARMS 3106-3 is developed for research on increasing autonomy and intelligence through coordination among various types of unmanned aerial and ground vehicles. Instead of relying on external positioning systems and centralized computers to process data and relay commands, we have been developing a platform in which vehicles could function independently from external sources, rely on onboard sensors and processing to make decisions, and achieve global objectives through local coordination with nearby other vehicles.
Drone Design for Energy Efficiency
We have built a bicopter to achieve energy efficiency while enabling vertically take off and landing. Control of the UAV includes two phases, that is, propellers enable the UAV for VTOL (Phase I), and Propellers tilt to reach enough horizontal speed for fixed wings to generate aerodynamic lift (Phase II).
Collaboration of Multi-Drones
A big UAV carries a small one for long distance travel. When they are close to target area, the small UAV autonomously takes off for missions, then autonomously lands back to the base UAV by only using its onboard cameras.
Unmanned Ground Vehicle Design
We have built an unmanned ground vehicle for the purpose of collaboration with aerial vehicles.
Formation Control of Multi-Robots
We have developed a platform consisting of three iRobots for implementation of algorithms for formation control. Further applications into surveillance, coverage and exploration of the unknown are in progress.