The development of low cost, yet robust structures is principally important for the deployment of UAVs in developing countries. Local residents will need to be able to conduct repairs and replace part, potentially 3d printed, at very low cost.
Relevant EPFL laboratories
BIOROB – Biorobotics Laboratory (Auke Ijspeert)
Steady and unsteady flows in thermal turbomachinery
CCLAB – Composite Construction Laboratory (Anastasios Vasilopoulos)
Composite materials environmental reliability, joining methods, reliability modelling.
ESL – Embedded Systems Laboratory (David Atienza)
High performance and low power embedded electronics. Health monitoring.
Self-sensing and adaptive deformable structures.
LIS – Laboratory of Intelligent Systems (Dario Floreano)
Aerial, evolutionary and soft robotics
Composite and metallic material reliability.
LMM – Laboratory of Mechanical Metallurgy (Andreas Mortensen)
Science and engineering of advanced metallic materials.
LMTS – Microsystems for Space Technologies Laboratory (Herbert Shea)
Reliable soft stretchable compliant sensors, actuators and transducers.
LSRO – Robotic Systems Laboratory (Hannes Bleuler)
Robotics, micro-robotics and high precision instrumentation.
LTC – Composite and Polymer Technology Laboratory (Véronique Michaud)
Composite fabrication, structural sensor and wiring integration.
RRL – Reconfigurable Robotics Laboratory (Jamie Paik)
Reconfigurable and soft robotics.