Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
- Department of Computer Science
The course is dedicated to students interested in unmanned
aerial systems (UASs). It includes lectures aimed at
airplane construction, engines, sensors, electronic systems
servos, control electronics, control algorithms and one
course presents law issues related to UASs from the flight
approval and control perspectives. The course is extended
with an educational excursion to relevant laboratories.
Seminar projects are related to Procerus UAV in the field
of sensor data processing including participation on the
Student should have a basic information from physics.
- Syllabus of lectures:
1. Introduction, demonstration of advanced control
algorithms, multi-agent planning, sensor systems. Brief
history of unmanned systems.
2. Materials and construction of unmanned aerial vehicles.
Laminates, composites. Construction of the body and wings.
Issues related to stiffness and elasticity.
3. Engines for UAVs. Piston engine, engines with piston
rotary design. Small combustion turbine. Small jet engine.
Examples of selection of suitable engines for specific UAV
4. MEMS and SMART inertial sensors for UAVs - data
acquisition, MEMS, smart sensors, data processing and data
fusion. GPS, INS and aerometric systems from the user point
of view. Redundancy and security of the system.
5. Basic control loops for individual modes of airplane's
auto-pilot. The control of take-off, adjustment of dynamics
following a trajectory, holding patterns over a ground
target, tracking of moving object on the ground.
6. Approach and landing.
7. Advanced algorithms for control systems design - optimal
and robust control systems.
8. Telemetry for unmanned aerial systems - communication
modems, protocols, security and antennas.
9. Flight trajectory planning - optimal trajectory, no-
flight zones, planning criterion - fuel/power consumption,
10. Autonomous collision avoidance for UAVs - cooperative
and non-cooperative methods, AgentFly system.
11. Multi-UAV control algorithms - flight formation,
12. Add-on devices - stabilized platforms, optical systems,
localizers, rangefinders, image processing.
13. Legal issues related to operation of UAVs in Czech
Republic and Europe.
- Syllabus of tutorials:
1. Examples of different types of unmanned aerial systems.
2. Discussion on the selection of a suitable engine for unmanned aerial system.
3. Excursion (three different excursions within three seminars) - material testing, wind tunnel, UAVs projects in Czech Republic - Sojka, Mamok, Vilik and others.
6. Identification of the model (aerodynamic coefficients) from the flight data.
7. Design of a basic control loop of autopilot.
8. Simulator - Integrated Modular Avionics testbed.
9. Introduction and selection of semester tasks.
10. Working in teams on the assigned tasks.
11. Working in teams on the assigned tasks.
12. Working in teams on the assigned tasks.
13. Working in teams on the assigned tasks.
14. Final presentation of semester tasks' results,
discussions, ratings and credit.
- Study Objective:
The course is dedicated to the students who have an
interest in unmanned aerial systems (UASs). They got wide
overview from the following areas: airplane construction,
engines, sensors, electronic systems, servos, control
electronics, control algorithms and payload devices related
- Study materials:
 Dalamagkidis K., Valavanis K. P., Piegl L. A.: On
Integrating Unmanned Aircraft Systems Into the National
Airspace System, Springer, 2009
 Musial M.: System Architecture of Small Autonomous UAVs
(Paperback), VDM Verlag Dr. Mueller e.K. 2008
 Hasik J.: Arms and Innovation: Entrepreneurship and
Alliances in the Twenty-First-Century Defense Industry, The
university of Chicago Press, 2008
 Newcome L. R.: Unmanned aviation: a brief history of
unmanned aerial vehicles, AIAA, 2004
 Nolan M. S.: Fundamentals of Air Traffic Control,
Thompson Brooks/Cole, 2004
 Cutler J.: Understanding Aircraft Structures
- Further information:
- No time-table has been prepared for this course
- The course is a part of the following study plans:
- Kybernetika a robotika - Letecké a kosmické systémy (elective course)