Research Topics

  • Artificial intelligence
  • Automated vehicles
  • Autonomous systems
  • Command and control
  • Driving simulation
  • Flight research--avionics
  • Flight testing
  • Robotics
  • Satellite remote sensing,
  • UAV research

The Cooperative Autonomous Systems (CAS) Lab develops control algorithmic solutions for the safe deployment of autonomous aerial, marine, and ground vehicles. An excellent research environment allows for the design, implementation, and testing of multiple autonomous system planning, control, and collision avoidance algorithms, and for the experimental validation of these algorithms.

The CAS Lab focuses on controlling multiple autonomous vehicles in real time. A state-of-the-art motion capture system provides GPS data with sub-millimeter accuracy. A handful of different quadrotor unmanned aerial vehicles and ground robots are also available. Cooperative autonomous systems could benefit medical and rehabilitation environments, as well as scenarios where multiple unmanned vehicles are working together, such as during an avalanche rescue or in military operations.


Research Team

Venanzio Cichella

Venanzio Cichella, PhD

Director, Cooperative Autonomous Systems Lab, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering


Calvin Kielas-Jensen in CAS Lab

ITI graduate student researcher lands internship at Air Force Research Laboratory

Third-year PhD student Calvin Kielas-Jensen has accepted a 10-week internship with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) where he will apply skills integrating, estimating, and controlling autonomous systems learned in the lab and classroom at the University of Iowa to real-world challenges. 
Lujie Cai working in lab

Hands-on research brings education to life for ITI students honored on UI President's list

Iowa Technology Institute students were among the 8,500 UI students named to the Dean’s List.
Venanzio Cichella

Venanzio Cichella

Director, Cooperative Autonomous Systems Lab

Assistant professor of mechanical engineering

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