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UTA Researcher Seeks to Minimize Risks for Unmanned Aerial Systems Over Populated Areas

By UTA News Center

August 10, 2017

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A researcher in the University of Texas at Arlington's (UTA) Unmanned Vehicle Systems program will use a $550,000 U.S. National Science Foundation grant to quantify risks posed by unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and create algorithms to reduce those risks while the vehicles perform specific tasks.

The project will determine how autonomous a UAS can be while operating in populated areas.

In addition, the project will help the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration develop regulations for UAS flight and contribute to multiple fields, including autonomy, mobile networking, and intelligent control, with potential applications in health, transportation, and manufacturing.

"The knowledge we acquire through this research will not only minimize risks, but will increase the ability of UAS to communicate with ground controllers and each other," says UTA professor Atilla Dogan. "We also hope to increase the ability of the vehicle to process information and learn from it to improve performance."

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