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Minor in UAV

Minor in UAV

The future development of UAV is an essential pillar to safety, security and sustainability, which are both highlights of the promising Abu Dhabi 2030 plan.Minor in UAV at Khalifa University

The demanding need of expertise in this field requires highly educated individuals who understand the fundamentals of UAV in terms of design, engineering, operation and sensor data analysis. To this end, the objective of the interdisciplinary minor in UAV is to provide students with skills and experiences that will help them better apply the knowledge gained in their majors to specialized problems in the field of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.

Being high-tech intelligent machines capable of traveling by air, land or sea without a human crew on board, UAVs have recently gained increasing popularity and strategic significance worldwide. Powered with advanced computing technology, sensing capability and mechanical design, unmanned aerial vehicles are versatile machines able to maneuver in diverse, and dangerous environments. Equipped with sensors, a UAV could go into the heart of a storm or a spreading wildfire to monitor threats to human lives and property or travel through remote areas to gather environmental data.

Goals

In this minor the students will design, construct and test UAV systems. The topics of this course include: platform design and construction, actuator and propulsion system design, sensing system design (based on inertial sensors, positioning system, vision, and etc.), auto-pilot system design and 95 performance tuning, ground control station development (data links, protocols, security, and etc.), and UAV operation and interfacing.

During the minor the students learn the theory and practice of the modelling and control of UAV systems. The topics include: the first-principles modelling and simulation of fixed-wing and rotorcraft UAVs, flight dynamics modelling via system identification, on-board flight control system design, and control performance tuning of the auto-pilot system. During the minor the students will learn advanced topics on navigation systems for UAVs based and advanced sensing. These topics include trajectory planning, path planning and obstacle avoidance (classical and reactive paradigms), and localization and mapping algorithms.

The UAV Minor is currently restricted to UAE Nationals. The students should check with the registration office if they are eligible to enrol in this minor.

Requirements

Students must take all six courses (Total 18 credits):

Course Code Course Name Credit
ROBO 301

Dynamic and Control Systems OR

(AERO/MECH 201 AND (AERO/MECH 350 OR ELCE 344))

3 cr.
ROBO 302 Signals and Communications OR (ELCE 302 AND (CMPE 324 or CMME 300)) 3 cr.
ROBO 401 UAV Modeling and Control 3 cr.
ROBO 402 UAV Sensing 3 cr. 
ROBO 403 UAV Navigation 3 cr. 
ROBO 404 UAV Systems 3 cr. 

Restrictions

  • ROBO 301 SYSTEM DYNAMICS AND CONTROL (3-0-3)

Students majoring in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering are not allowed to take this course rather they have to take the combination AERO/MECH 201 AND (AERO/MECH 350 OR ELCE 344).

  • ROBO 302 SIGNALS AND COMMUNICATIONS (3-0-3)

Students majoring in Electrical and Electronic, Communication, or Computer Engineering are not allowed to take this course rather they have to take the combination ELCE 302 AND (CMPE 324 or CMME 300)

 

ROBO 301 - System Dynamics and Control (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: MATH 211
Restrictions: Students majoring in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering are not allowed to take this course.
The contents include both dynamic modelling of mechanical and electromechanical systems, different types of controller designs and their practical applications. Review of kinematics and kinetics of particles; Kinematics and kinetics of plane motion of rigid bodies; Principles of feedback; Time domain specifications and stability analysis; PID controller design and PID tuning; Root Locus method.

ROBO 302 - Signals and Communications (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: MATH 211
Restrictions: Students majoring in Electrical and Electronic, Communication, or Computer Engineering are not allowed to take this course.
Complex numbers and functions, conformal mapping, analytic functions, elements of residue theory, Fourier and Laplace transform and its properties and linear time invariant systems. Introduction to data and computer communications, fundamentals of computer networks theory, design, protocols, analysis and operation, OSI model, data transmissions and transmission media, local and wide area networks and IP networks, computer networks and their protocols.

ROBO 401 - UAV Modeling and Control (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: ROBO 301 or (AERO/MECH 201 & AERO 350/MECH 384)
The course covers the theory and practice of the modeling and control of UAV systems. The key topics of this course include: the first-principles modeling and simulation of fixed-wing and rotorcraft UAVs, flight dynamics modeling via system identification, on-board flight control system design, and control performance tuning of the auto-pilot system.

ROBO 402 - UAV Sensing (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: ROBO 302 or (ELCE 302 & (CMPE 324 or CMME 320))
Note: Students can take CMPE 324 or CMME 320 as a co-requisite instead of prerequisite.
The course contents the following topics: Inertial Sensor Based Navigation, Satellite Positioning (GPS, GLONASS) Based Navigation, Computer Vision, Image Processing, Object Matching, Object Localization and Image Based Tracking Lidar and Radar based 3D Mapping and Sensing.

ROBO 403- UAV Navigation (3-0-3)
Prerequisites: ROBO 401, ROBO 402
In this course, students will study navigation systems for UAVs including: Trajectory Planning, Path Planning and Obstacle Avoidance (classical and reactive paradigms), Localization and Mapping, SLAM, Visual SLAM.

ROBO 404 - UAV Systems (2-3-3)
Prerequisites: ROBO 401, ROBO 402 Co-requisite: ROBO 403 This is a practical course where the students will design, construct and test their own UAV systems. The key topics of this course include: platform design and construction, actuator and propulsion system design, sensing system design (based on inertial sensors, positioning system, vision, and etc.), auto-pilot system design and performance tuning, ground control station development (data links, protocols, security, and etc.), and UAV operation and interfacing.