Much of the innovation occurring in UAV/UAS is taking place at leading research and technical universities around the world.
Universities specializing in drone research are invited to exhibit in the University Pavilion at Commercial UAV Expo. Share your latest research, meet with industry professionals eager to learn of the newest innovations, and find potential collaborators.
Unmanned Aerial Systems are revolutionizing data collection in geospatial sciences! NCSU is involved in multidisciplinary research involving UAS engineering, design, operation and data processing. The Center for Geospatial Analytics is at the frontier of UAS-obtained imagery processing and geospatial analysis. Our faculty and student researchers deploy UAS for a range of innovating applications and explore how to leverage open source software during data processing modelling and visualization.
A cutting-edge course “Spatiotemporal Analysis with UAV and Lidar data” introduces graduate students to monitoring, analysis, and modelling of 3D landscape change using UAS. Students discover techniques for processing 3D point clouds, creating digital terrain models and more through hands-on experiences in state-of-the-art facilities.
We are also sharing our knowledge and experience with the broader audience with our outreach initiative – UAS Operation and Analytics Workshop directed to businesses and stakeholders interested in using UAS for geospatial data generation. We welcome all drone enthusiasts!
Del Mar College
UAS Technology Education Consortium
Program Contact: Phillip Davis, Professor
This program represents the UASTEC.ORG project consortium. They are a three year grant project funded by the National Science Foundation to build UAV training and education curriculum.
Indiana State University
College of Technology Unmanned Systems
Program Contact: Sam Morgan, Director Unmanned Systems
ISU’s work includes formalizing their partnership with the Unmanned Center of Excellence, precision agriculture, UAS integration to controlled airspace, real estate business applications, military testing support, and sensor comparison.
Penn State University
Online Geospatial Education at Penn State
Program Contact: Karen Schuckman, Senior Lecturer
In collaboration with the Dutton e-Education Institute and the World Campus, Penn State’s Department of Geography (link is external) has offered instructor-led online education to over 5000 current and aspiring geospatial professionals since 1999. We offer over 30 courses covering Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Geospatial Intelligence core competencies and cutting-edge applications. GEOG 892: Geospatial Applications of Unmanned Aerial Systems” introduces theory and methods for operating an unmanned aerial system for geospatial data acquisition and analysis.
Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Program Contact: Javier Diez, Associate Professor
Aerial and Submersible Vehicle Capable of Flight and Underwater Navigation
Unmanned underwater and aerial vehicles (UUVs and AUVs) have become quite popular over the last decade with much focus on underwater gliders and flying multirotors. However, an area that has seen very little progress is that of a vehicle capable of flight and underwater navigation. We have built the first fully functional unmanned aerial and underwater vehicle platform that is capable of operating in both air and underwater with seamless transition between both mediums. These unique capabilities combined with the robustness, high maneuverability and reliability of multirotor vehicles, result in a disruptive technology for both civil and military application including air/water search and rescue, inspection, repairs and survey missions among others.
Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences
Program Contact: Dr. Thomas Oommen, Associate Professor
San Diego State University
Department of Geography
Program Contact: Llyod (Pete) Coulter, Research Specialist
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Department of Criminal Justice
Program Contact: Milia Heen, Graduate Student
University of Washington
Remote Sensing, College of the Environment
Program Contact: Monika Moskal, Professor