Our group carries out basic and applied research in the areas primarily related to High-Performance Marine Vehicles, Advanced Energy Systems, and Unmanned Mobile Platforms.
Our efforts in High-Performance Marine Vehicles are focused on aero-hydrodynamics, dynamics, and design of advanced marine craft, including air-lubricated hulls, hydrofoils, amphibious platforms, and other concepts. In the area of Advanced Energy Systems we conduct R&D on hydrogen liquefaction, thermoacoustic engines, and associated thermofluid processes. We are also working on Unmanned Mobile Platforms for various domains, including unconventional aircraft, rovers, tanks, boats, and underwater vehicles. Our research in this direction comprises platform development, autonomous control, computer vision, and robotic system implementation. We extensively use 3D printing, composites and lattice-structures in fabrication and microcomputers for vehicle control and data collection.
Our research work is supported by
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Department of Energy (DOE)
Office of Naval Research (ONR)
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Joint Center for Aerospace Technology Innovation (JCATI)
We also provide consulting services for industry and participate in SBIR/STTR projects and large multidisciplinary programs.
Video clips below illustrate some of our unmanned vehicles and elements of fabrication.