Research Topics

  • Artificial intelligence
  • Automated vehicles
  • Autonomous systems 
  • Cognitive
  • Command and control
  • Computational mechanics
  • Computer vision
  • Data analytics
  • Engines and fuels
  • Flight research, avionics
  • Flight testing
  • Human factors/ergonomics
  • Human simulation
  • Mechanical design
  • Motion capture
  • Photonics/optical sensors
  • Robotics 
  • Satellite remote sensing
  • Sensors
  • UAV research
  • Wireless communication

Research Labs and Centers

Wang with AER Students

Director: Jun Wang, professor of chemical and biomedical engineering

Email: jun-wang-1@uiowa.edu

Phone: (319) 353-4483

Center: AER Lab

Research Topics:

  • Satellite remote sensing
  • Sensors

CAS Lab hovercraft

Director: Venanzio Cichella, assistant professor of mechanical engineering

Phone: (319) 467-0333

Email: venanzio-cichella@uiowa.edu 

Lab: Cooperative Autonomous Systems Lab

Research topics: 

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

OPL Hangar Showcase

Director: Tom Schnell, Captain Jim "Max" Gross Chair in Engineering, professor of industrial and systems engineering, professor of occupational and environmental health, professor of electrical and computer engineering, professor of neurology

Phone:  (319) 384-0811

Email: thomas-schnell@uiowa.edu

Learn more: Operator Performance Laboratory

Research topics: 

  • Artificial intelligence
  • Automated vehicles
  • Autonomous systems
  • Cognitive
  • Command and control
  • Data analytics
  • Flight research - avionics
  • Flight testing
  • Human factors/ergonomics
  • Human simulation
  • Photonics/optical sensors
  • Sensors
  • UAV research
  • Wireless communication

Researcher at work in the Ratner Lab

Director: Al Ratner, associate professor of mechanical engineering

Email: albert-ratner@uiowa.edu

Phone: (319) 384-0883

Lab: Ratner Research Group

Director: Shaoping Xiao, associate professor of mechanical engineering

Email: shaoping-xiao@uiowa.edu

Phone: (319) 335-6009

Learn more: Shaoping Xiao Research Group

Mission Area News

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. 
OPL pilot flying an L292

OPL helps DARPA capture 'trust data' for new AI dogfighting

U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA’s) leveraged test flights using AV L-29 jets at the University of Iowa Technology Institute's Operator Performance Lab to gather early stage "trust data" for the Air Combat Evolution (ACE) program. 

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