Restricted Research - Award List, Note/Discussion Page

Fiscal Year: 2018

1332  The University of Texas at Arlington  (74837)

Principal Investigator: Atilla Dogan

Total Amount of Contract, Award, or Gift (Annual before 2011): $ 549,836

Exceeds $250,000 (Is it flagged?): Yes

Start and End Dates: 9/1/17 - 8/31/20

Restricted Research: YES

Academic Discipline: Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

Department, Center, School, or Institute: College of Engineering

Title of Contract, Award, or Gift: Safe Task-Aware Autonomous Resilient Systems (STAARS)

Name of Granting or Contracting Agency/Entity: National Science Foundation (NSF)

Program Title: N/A
CFDA Linked: Computer and Information Science and Engineering


Recent advances with unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) systems technology have spurred growing interest towards their commercial use in various public domains.  However, the full potential of UAVs will be reached only when their autonomous operations can become reality.  While the autonomous UAVs offer many benefits to society, their operation among people, especially urban/suburban areas, raises many safety, privacy, and regulatory concerns.  Considering these concerns in developing unmanned systems, especially autonomous algorithms for their operations, will make them more efficient and help with their acceptance by the society.  This research proposal hypothesizes that such concerns can be properly addressed by quantifying the operations of UAVs executing a task in urban/suburban environment as "risk" to these considerations.  This implies a dynamic risk assessment and determining a "safe", i.e., the least risky, trajectory for the UAVs to follow while executing a specific task.


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