UAS laboratories

The list below captures the different subsystems and technologies required to cover the most important aspects of UAS design and operations.  Follow the links to see which EPFL laboratories ands centers have activities for each topic.


Principal EPFL UAS laboratories (alphabetical)

Theory and practice of model predictive control applied to constrained systems, with an emphasis on problems arising from renewable power. Model-based control of quadcopters, control of aerial manipulator, flapping wing UAVs.

Recovery of deformable and articulated 3D motion from single video sequences. Multi-camera surveillance, augmented reality, and medical image processing. Flying object detection for obstacle avoidance.

Autonomous navigation and control, including collision avoidance in shared space. Wireless (Bluetooth) distributed communications.

(Automatic) design, modelling, control, and optimization methodologies for distributed, intelligent systems. Distributed cyber-physical systems such as multi-robot systems, sensor and actuators networks, and intelligent vehicles.

Precise position, attitude and trajectory determination of land or airborne vehicles and pedestrians. Particular emphasis on the navigation of UAVs in GNSS-denied environments, using Dynamic Model-Based Navigation.

Merging of biology and engineering for the design of future robotic systems. Aerial, Evolutionary and Soft Robotics, Bio-inspired Robots, Bio-inspired Artificial Intelligence, Psychophysics, Neural Computation

Communication theory and applications. Multi-object (UAV, ground station) communication using customised Optimized Link State Routing Protocol (OLSR). Search and rescue using UAV-based WiFi triangulation.

All EPFL UAS laboratories, by subsystem

Exteroceptive sensors; Proprioceptive sensors; Data fusion and image processing, Control and autonomy; Processing electronics

Guidance, Navigation and Control

Solar cells and energy harvesting; Power management; Batteries; Fuel cells and reactive systems

Energy storage and production

Electromagnetic motors; Propellers

Mobility and propulsion

Wings; Control surfaces; Main body


Structural design; Actuators and physical interfaces; Material development; Health monitoring

List of laboratories

Command and Control (C2) link; Telecommunication hardware; Ground station networks; Operations and mission planning; Emergency procedures

Communications, Ground Segment and Operations

Data link security; Geo-fencing systems; Physical protection (Parachutes/airbags)

Safety and risk mitigation systems

Passive optical sensors; Active sensors (e.g. RADAR, LIDAR); Telecommunications; Other

Science and payloads