AER 1216 - FUNDAMENTALS OF UAVs

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Course Outline

This graduate course will cover fundamental principles related to UAV research, especially in the research themes of the CREATE-UAV program (i.e., control, autonomy and navigation; airframe optimization; sensory feedback for improved UAV pilot performance). It is a one-term (half course) that lasts 13-14 weeks. The topics and schedule are tentatively as follows:

Exercises / Assignments

PART I: UAV AERODYNAMICS (Zingg, Lavoie)

  • Aerodynamics and computational fluid dynamics (Zingg)
  • Experimental aerodynamics and flow control for UAVs                                                                                                                       

PART II: UAV STRUCTURES (Hibbard, Steeves)

PART III: UAV DYNAMICS AND CONTROL (Liu, Schoellig)

  • Quadrotor dynamics and control                                                                                                                                                            
  • Fixed-wing dynamics and control

PART IV: UAV NAVIGATION (Waslander, Kelly)

  • Navigation for UAVs (Kelly)
  • Path Planning for UAVs (Waslander)                                                                                                                                                        

PART V: UAV AUTONOMY (Barfoot, Daly, Urtasun)

  • Sensing and estimation for UAVs                                                                                                                                                          
  • Instrumentation and sensor payloads for UAVs
  • Computer vision for UAVs

PART VI: UAV PERFORMANCE AND DESIGN (Grant)

  • Remotely piloted UAV operation, performance and design aspects                                                                                                  

Dr. Hamid Bolandhemmat

 

*The comprehensive course lectures will be shared by 10 participating faculty members (including external experts).