Research in 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 Embodied Systems for Robotics and Learning


SDU Mechatronics

SDU UAS Center

Design and construction 

SDU Mechanical Engineering

SDU UAS Center


 SDU Embodied Systems for Robotics and Learning

SDU UAS Center


SDU Embodied Systems for Robotics and Learning

SDU UAS Center


SDU Software Engineering

SDU UAS Center


Head of Department Kasper Hallenborg tel. +45 21356256 /

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