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This area involves research in system theory, controls, networks, autonomy, and robotics with applications to the navigation, guidance, control, and flight mechanics of space, air, sea, and land based vehicles. Major research topics include onboard-optimal path-planning, differential games, hybrid-systems analysis, learning-based control, multi-vehicle coordination, swarm systems, vision and radio-based navigation, controlled-mobility wireless networks, robust communications, trust, and the study of human-robot interaction problems. Several of these projects are sponsored by: the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, the Missile Defense Agency, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratories.

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Robot Masters Human Balancing Act

Mercury, a biped robot developed by Professor Luis Sentis and his students, can maintain balance when hit unexpectedly, much like a human would when bumped into on a crowded street.

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Drone Design for Research, Search, Rescue

Professor Maruthi Akella discusses the research he and his students are working on with quadcopters and other unmanned aerial vehicles in the Controls Lab for Distributed and Uncertain Systems in this Daily Texan video.

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$7.5 Million Research Grant to Create Truly Autonomous Systems

Thanks to a Department of Defense grant, Assistant Professor Ufuk Topcu is leading a research team that is planning for a future when unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have the ability to fly themselves in emergency situations.

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Radionavigation Laboratory

In the Radionavigation Laboratory, Professor Todd Humphreys develops theory and technologies for secure, robust, and precise perception that emphacise location, collision avoidance, and timing perception, as these are of special importance to the rise of autonomous vehicles and the smart grid.

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Robotics Graduate Portfolio Program

Students in the Robotics Portfolio Program at UT Austin will receive multidisciplinary training in robotics by completing core coursework offered by the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and selecting from among additional approved courses from these departments and/or Aerospace Engineering, and the School of Information.

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