Unmanned Systems has developed into an integral part of the modern world; drones and telepresence robots are now commonplace, and are revolutionizing more applications and scientific disciplines than ever.
The Nebraska Intelligent MoBile Unmanned Systems lab is a leading pioneer of these microUAS systems technologies. At this ten-week REU site, students will get to perform multidisciplinary research with our research teams to develop the next generation of Unmanned Systems technology. Students will have the opportunity to perform hands-on research, solve real-world problems involving unmanned systems, and develop their skills and their careers as researchers.
Competitive stipend: $5,000
Suite-style room and meal plan
Travel expenses to and from Lincoln
Campus parking and/or bus pass
Full access to the Campus Recreation Center and campus library system
Cyber-Physical Attitude Control to Improve CubeSats Performance
Low Earth Orbit is a challenging environment in which increasing numbers of nanosatellites with commercial off-the-shelf components operate. Challenges such as communication, data collection, energy collection, and attitude control must come together with precise timing, usually utilizing inexpensive and imprecise hardware to accomplish mission objectives. Current attitude control strategies, while robust, consume resources even during more quiescent portions of the orbital period. REU students on the project will investigate the application of state-of-the-art control strategies to attitude control for CubeSats that will more effectively allocate resources dynamically in response to environmental, physical, and cyber performance.
Development and Characterization of Atmospheric Profiling UAVs
Current weather monitoring relies on radars, weather balloons, and airplanes that primarily measure the atmosphere above one thousand meters above ground level, and ground based weather stations that measure the atmosphere between ground level up to about fifty meters. REU students will have the opportunity to investigate this gap in the lower thousand meters of the atmosphere, providing an understanding that is critical to better predict severe weather development and where small UAVs have significant potential to aid.
Interactions with Telepresence Systems in Complex Environments with and without Explicit Purpose
Much of the research on human-robot interactions occurs in simulated environments or private settings conditions that may make the results difficult to generalize. Through this REU project, we will study human attitudes toward unmanned system in a public space to assist designers with decisions on how to build systems and to aid public space administrators with decisions on how and when to deploy unmanned systems that will be beneficial to patrons.
Aerial Assisted Management of Assets During Wildfires
Managing wildfires requires a variety of personnel and equipment to operate under dangerous and intense conditions. Keeping track of where personnel and equipment are located with respect to the fire is useful to optimize their utilization and safety. UASs are currently employed to assist in fire monitoring and our lab has pioneered their us in fire ignition, but they are not leveraged to track the location of assets and share them with the fire managers. REU students on the project will investigate devices that can be attached to field assets so that they can be monitored from the UAS, and the analysis of camera footage from the UAS to triangulate that information.