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UAS (Unmanned Aerial Systems)

The UAS field of research ranges over areas such as artificial intelligence, robot technology, control, perception, software and embodiment - all with focus on these main research directions:

  • Autonomous UAS flying BVLOS (beyond visual line of sight): The development of drones that autonomously navigate the environment in a safe and reliable manner, sensing and avoiding any obstacles in their path.

  • Large-scale perception: The development of techniques for automatically extracting specific and detailed information from UAV-mounted camera systems.

  • System modeling: The development of formal models of single UAVs, improving control and power management, as well as models of multiple UAVs, enabling coordination and traffic management.

  • Energy-efficient systems: The development of energy-efficient algorithms and components that extend the flight time and operating distance of UAV.

Some of these activities take place at H.C. Andersen Airport, where the Faculty runs a drone laboratory that works with research, education, test flights and societal activities.

The research in UAS can be divided into five different themes/topics anchored in different research units: 

Artificial Intelligence

SDU Biorobotics


SDU Mechatronics
Control systems for UAVs

Design and construction 

Composit Lab
UAV Embodiment


SDU Biorobotics
Computer vision systems for UAVs


SDU Biorobotics
UAS Robotics Integration


Model-driven Software Development


Head of Department Kasper Hallenborg tel. +45 21356256

Faculty of Engineering University of Southern Denmark

  • Campusvej 55
  • Odense M - 5230
  • Phone: +45 6550 7300

Last Updated 09.03.2021