Students in the stream propose and develop autonomous vehicle system concepts that combine innovative vehicle design with tailored motion planning algorithms and decision-making strategies to serve future unmanned missions.


Robotic systems often represent safe and cost-effective alternatives in serving dull, dirty and dangerous missions. From undersea searches to organ delivery , unmanned aerial, maritime, and ground vehicles need to move effectively within their environments and cooperate with other autonomous systems in order to maximize their potential in serving society.


Students will first learn basic hardware and software skills during a short 5-6 week training period. Teams then propose their own unmanned vehicle concept and corresponding mission application based on existing literature. The rest of the year is focused on developing these concepts; Key project elements often include the development of novel mission concepts, motion planning algorithms and physical vehicle prototypes. 

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