Aerial Informatics and Robotics

Aerial Informatics and Robotics

Established: June 6, 2016

AI for the Skies

The Aerial Informatics and Robotics (AIR) group is building intelligent and autonomous flying agents that are safe and enable applications that can positively influence our society.


Our core technology builds upon cutting edge research in machine intelligence, robotics and human-centered computation in order to enable an entire fleet of flying robots that range from micro-UAVs to commercial jetliners.

Our research brings together the ideas from Machine Learning and Perception and enables Decision making under Uncertainty for various challenges that arise in Robotic platforms. This synthesis of algorithms and systems enables aerial vehicles such as quadrotors, soaring gliders, small aircrafts, and commercial airliners. The applications scenarios include Monitoring for Precision Agriculture, Pathogen Surveillance, weather sensing, enabling digital connectivity etc.











Aerial Informatics and Robotics Platform

Established: February 15, 2017

Bridging the simulator-to-reality gap with Aerial Informatics and Robotics platform Machine learning is becoming an increasingly important artificial intelligence approach to building autonomous and robotic systems. One of the key challenges with machine learning is the need for many samples — the…

Windflow: Airplanes As Vast Sensor Network

Established: June 3, 2014

The best available forecasts in the United States—from the federal government’s Winds Aloft program—have been based largely on data from instrumented weather balloons released twice a day, providing forecasts for 176 stations across the United States. Wind Aloft is often…

Safe Autonomous Flight Everywhere (SAFE)

Established: June 6, 2016

Our goal is to build generalized vehicle-agnostic system that can provide safety guarantees in face of uncertain world. Our works starts from defining what we precisely mean by "safe" and then build theoretical framework that treats uncertainty in perception and…