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

Faculty Affiliate, Iowa Technology Institute;
Director, Cooperative Autonomous Systems Lab;
Assistant professor of mechanical engineering
Venanzio Cichella is assistant professor of mechanical engineering and director of the Cooperative Autonomous Systems (CAS) Lab.


Lujie Cai working in lab

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The Robotic Rehabilitation Device fitted on a hand

UI laboratories collaborate on low-cost, lightweight orthotic robotic rehabilitation device

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Venanzio Cichella

Venanzio Cichella

Director, Cooperative Autonomous Systems Lab

Assistant professor of mechanical engineering

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