Guidance, Navigation and Control

Guidance, Navigation and Control (GNC) includes technologies necessary to perceive the environment, process it and take reactive actions.  “Sense and avoid”, may be the single-most critical building block of UAS, as its reliable demonstration will pave the way for airspace integration and autonomous operation. This capability is based on exteroceptive sensor development (e.g. cameras, LIDAR, compound eyes), rapid data fusion and processing and decision making algorithms. These will also enable safe emergency landing or autonomous return to host procedures. Control, autonomy (motor, reactive and cognitive) and swarm coordination will be enabling for a number of applications.

Relevant EPFL laboratories

AQUA – Advanced Quantum Architecture Laboratory (Edoardo Charbon)

Single Photon Avalanche Detector (SPAD) for direct Time-Of-Flight FLASH LIDAR.

BIOROB – Biorobotics Laboratory (Auke Ijspeert)

Bio-inspired robotics, control and locomotion.

ESL – Embedded Systems Laboratory (David Atienza)

High performance and low power embedded electronics. Health monitoring.

ESPLAB – Electrical Signal Processing Laboratory (Cyril Botteron)

Precise GNSS front-end receiver and signal processing.

IMAC – Applied Computing and Mechanics Laboratory (Ian Smith)

Self-sending and adaptive deformable structures.

LASA – Learning Algorithms and Systems Laboratory (Aude Billard)

Adaptive control and robotics.

LCAV – Audiovisual Communications Laboratory (Martin Vetterli)

Acoustic echo-based Simultaneous Localisation And Mapping (SLAM).

LIS – Laboratory of Intelligent Systems (Dario Floreano)

Aerial, evolutionary and soft robotics.

LSM – Microelectronic Systems Laboratory (Yusuf Leblebici)

High performance and low power embedded electronics.

LTS4 – Signal Processing Laboratory 4 (Jean-Philippe Thiran)

Sensor fusion and image processing.

LTS5 – Signal Processing Laboratory 5 (Pascal Frossard)

Network distributed data processing.