Discovery LearningCU-Boulder University of Colorado at Boulder
Discovery Learning Program CU College of Engineering

The Unmanned Vehicle Systems Integration Laboratory focuses on the integration of hardware and software in mobile sensing systems.  The laboratory is part of the Research and Engineering Center for Unmanned Vehicles, a university, government, and industry partnership dedicated to the development and application of unmanned vehicle systems. The center’s activities encompass scientific experiments, commercial applications, mitigation of natural and manmade disasters, security, and defense.

current projects

Mission-Derived Small UAS Design ―The focus of this project is the development of a low-cost, robust, small unmanned aircraft system (UAS) for in situ meteorological sensing in supercell storms, and to overcome regulatory challenges for low-altitude operations over the central U.S. A key objective is to develop accurate simulations of the unmanned aircraft in severe weather to develop design requirements and control strategies for a next-generation storm penetrator.

Cooperative Unmanned Aircraft Systems Researchers are investigating techniques to manage and control multiple robotic vehicles in dynamic, uncertain environments through an integrated communication, command, and control infrastructure that combines high-level mission management with onboard flight management and meshed mobile ad-hoc network systems.

Robotic Sensor Networks ― The focus of this project is coordinated, distributed planning, and control of miniature self-deploying robotic systems performing in situ volumetric sensing. A key objective is fundamental understanding of control strategies that can exploit the complimentary computation, sensing, and communication capabilities of the members of mothership/daughtership robotic sensor networks. Analytical and algorithmic work is combined with experimental demonstrations on an indoor robotic sensor network comprised of ground and aerial robots and on a fielded unmanned aircraft system.


The Mobile Ad-Hoc Communications project is aimed at developing a framework for controlled mobility in ad-hoc networks that integrates mobility and communication through the systematic combination of distributed cooperative control, resource allocation through reinforcement learning, and fault-tolerant network protocols.

"Our advisors have allowed us to work in a research environment with the freedom to collaborate and develop our best ideas into the systems we operate today."
­— Jack Elston, VORTEX2 team


Brian Argrow