Virginia Center for Autonomous Systems

Research Areas

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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