A new course, Development of Autonomous UAS (AER1217), is proposed to offer to graduate students at UTIAS as well as other departments/institutes within the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering. This course is the second part of CARRE core courses, followed by AER1216: Fundamentals of UAVs, which covers the fundamental principles related to UAV and design. AER1216 is the prerequisite of this course, unless approved by the instructor. In this course, the focus is placed on the development of unmanned aerial systems (UAS), with the theme of autonomy in navigation and control, as well as flight performance analysis and evaluation.
The course curriculum will be delivered in both lectures and development projects, including flying off experiments. The contents include: quadrotor (or fixed-wing UAV) dynamics and control; Sensing and estimation for UAVs; navigation and path planning; Instrumentation and sensor payloads; computer vision. A development project will be given to students who would use the UAV platform to design the autonomous system to accomplish a specific flying mission, to be demonstrated by flight experiments.