The primary purpose of the Virginia Center for Autonomous Systems (VaCAS) is to advocate and support a broad range of basic and applied interdisciplinary research activities related to autonomous system technology. VaCAS hosts research activities spanning every application domain: water, land, air, and space. Member research activities range from fundamental control theory to vehicle development to applications for science, security, and commerce. Although VaCAS research activities span a broad range of topics, they are universally characterized by rigorous methodology applied to real-world challenges in autonomous systems.
Research focus areas include:
- Advanced vehicle guidance and control
- Advanced sensing and navigation
- Advanced mobility and actuation
- Vehicle dynamic modeling and analysis
- Vehicle design