Tom Schnell in OPL plane

U.S. Department Of Defense Artificial Intelligence Agents Successfully Pilot A Fighter Jet Making AI History

Friday, February 17, 2023
Air Force test pilots have flown numerous live flights in L-29 jet trainers at the University of Iowa Technology Institute’s Operator Performance Laboratory (OPL), an ACE performer. The two-seat L-29 jets at OPL are outfitted with sensors in the cockpit to measure pilot physiological responses, giving researchers clues as to whether the pilot is trusting the AI or not.
Photo of Delfin L-29 in the sky

The Register: Wow, so they actually let AI fly an F-16 fighter jet

Friday, February 17, 2023
DARPA is also testing how human pilots interact with AI to examine how well they trust machines to automatically conduct dogfights. Air Force pilots have flown L-29 jet trainers also running AI algorithms at the University of Iowa Technology Institute's Operator Performance Laboratory.
Aircraft inside OPL hangar

CBJ: UI flight expert briefs DARPA on AI in aerial combat

Wednesday, February 15, 2023
Operator Performance Laboratory (OPL) director and University of Iowa industrial engineering professor Tom “Mach” Schnell briefed national security leaders on a project seeking to improve artificial intelligence in aerial combat.
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DARPA highlights UI's contribution as ACE program transitions from simulation to live flight

Tuesday, February 14, 2023
In less than three years, artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms developed under DARPA’s Air Combat Evolution (ACE) program have progressed from controlling simulated F-16s flying aerial dogfights on computer screens to controlling an actual F-16 in flight. University of Iowa's Operator Performance Lab has contributed to the progress.
Daniel Tong

Register for Daniel Tong CASE Colloquium talk on Feb. 17: Extreme Air Quality Events (Dust Storms and Wildfires) and Society in a Changing Climate

Tuesday, February 14, 2023
Daniel Tong, associate professor of atmospheric chemistry and aerosols of George Mason University, is scheduled to deliver the University of Iowa's Climate / Atmospheric Science & Engineering (CASE) Colloquium talk on Friday, Feb. 17. The event is virtual. The topic is "Extreme Air Quality Events (Dust Storms and Wildfires) and Society in a Changing Climate."
Tom Schnell flying Delfin L29

WATCH: Schnell, LTC Highland brief DARPA on Air Combat Evolution

Wednesday, February 8, 2023
Tom "Mach" Schnell, a University of Iowa industrial engineering professor and director of Operator Performance Laboratory (OPL), and Lt. Col. Patrick "Dice" Highland, a recent UI PhD and Commander of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center Detachment 3 in San Diego, Calif., briefed national security leaders on a project that aims to improve artificial intelligence in aerial combat.
Portrait of Dan Keefe

PhD student Dan Keefe recognized in Dare to Discover campaign

Wednesday, January 11, 2023
Dan Keefe is among the 70 University of Iowa undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers and scholars whose work is being highlighted on banners in downtown Iowa City.

ITI faculty affiliate Lee receives outstanding overseas alumnus award

Tuesday, December 27, 2022
Hosin “David” Lee, a University of Iowa professor of civil and environmental engineering, received the outstanding overseas alumnus award from the Seoul National University, a national public research university based in Seoul, South Korea.
Legislators in the Lab OPL

Iowa legislators visit campus for up-close view of UI research

Wednesday, December 21, 2022
A delegation of Iowa legislators, staffers, and state officials visited the University of Iowa campus for an immersive experience with researchers who study aggressive cancer, manufacture pharmaceuticals, test new aircraft systems, and delve into biblical studies.
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Iowa legislators visit the OPL flight testing lab

Wednesday, December 14, 2022
State lawmakers toured the University of Iowa’s Operator Performance Lab (OPL) hangar at the Iowa City Municipal Airport on Tuesday.