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Drone Studio

The largest of its kind in academia, ASU’s newly unveiled Drone Studio is an instrumented space that provides a safe, controlled environment to test drone control, dynamic robot swarms and human-swarm interactions.

Drone Studio

The largest of its kind in academia, ASU’s newly unveiled Drone Studio is an instrumented space that provides a safe, controlled environment to test drone control, dynamic robot swarms and human-swarm interactions.

Specifications

The Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering recently launched academia’s largest indoor motion capture facility for drone research.

Outfitted with more than 100 high-precision, infrared cameras and a 3D tracking system, the new drone testing facility will serve as a hub for academic, government and industry research partners to study multi-robot swarming, cyber-physical systems and human-robot interactions.

 

10,000 square feet

23-foot-tall ceilings

105 high-definition OptiTrack cameras

360 measurements per second for high-speed tracking of motion and dynamics

<0.5 mm precision

6 in 1 modular workspaces

Born from within

Panos Artemiadis and four other researchers stand together for a photo in the ASU Drone Studio holding devices they test in the facilityWant to know more? Learn about the studio’s transformation from an old gym to a state-of-the-art drone testing facility, and the researchers who brought it to fruition. 

Vision

Inspired by innovative thinking and enterprising research goals, the Drone Studio will be a premier testbed for drone research collaboration and learning. From studying integrated communications systems for autonomous vehicles to biomechanics and human motion, the new instrumented space will be a hub for highly collaborative and interdisciplinary research of advanced drone technologies.

Research opportunities

A circle of swarm robots surround a drone on the floor of the ASU Drone studio

Multi-robot swarming

  • Security
  • Formation
  • Macro behavior
  • Control
Stephanie Gil talks with two researchers in the ASU Drone Studio

Cyberphysical systems

  • Networking
  • Intelligence and information
  • Environmental interaction
Computer screen with 3D display on the edge of the ASU Drone Studio space

Autonomous vehicles

  • Coordinated decision making
  • Intersection management
  • V2V and V2I communication
A couple of small, vehicle-like robots on wheels are shown on the floor of the ASU Drone Studio

Human-swarm interaction

  • Human-swarm interfaces
  • Aggregate control
  • Group dynamics
  • Heterogeneous interaction

Modeling biological systems

  • Athletics
  • Bio-inspired locomotion

Search and rescue

  • Tech development

Large systems

  • Dynamics
  • Safe drones for human interaction
  • Coordination of autonomous vehicles

Large swarms

  • Security
  • Formation
  • Macro behavior
  • Control
A circle of swarm robots surround a drone on the floor of the ASU Drone studio

Multi-robot swarming

  • Security
  • Formation
  • Macro behavior
  • Control

Modeling Biological Systems

  • Athletics
  • Bio-inspired locomotion
Stephanie Gil talks with two researchers in the ASU Drone Studio

Cyberphysical systems

  • Networking
  • Intelligence and information
  • Environmental interaction

Search and rescue

  • Tech development
Computer screen with 3D display on the edge of the ASU Drone Studio space

Autonomous vehicles

  • Coordinated Decision Making
  • Intersection Management
  • V2V and V2I Communication

Large systems

  • Dynamics
  • Safe drones for Human Interaction
  • Coordination of autonomous vehicles
A couple of small, vehicle-like robots on wheels are shown on the floor of the ASU Drone Studio

Human-swarm interaction

  • Human-swarm interfaces
  • Aggregate control
  • Group dynamics
  • Heterogeneous interaction

Large swarms

  • Security
  • Formation
  • Macro behavior
  • Control

Collaboration and outreach opportunities

Multidisciplinary collaboration

  • School of Earth and Space Exploration
  • Athletics
  • Government and industry

Other opportunities for learning

  • Competitions
  • Classroom instruction
  • K-12 outreach

Future capabilities

  • Mock cities
  • Environmental disturbances
  • Virtual reality/augmented reality

Collaboration and outreach opportunities

Multidisciplinary collaboration

  • School of Earth and Space Exploration
  • Athletics
  • Government and industry

Other opportunities for learning

  • Competitions
  • Classroom instruction
  • K-12 outreach

Future capabilities

  • Mock cities
  • Environmental disturbances
  • Virtual reality/augmented reality

Explore the Drone Studio photo gallery

Investigators and sponsors

Sponsors

  • Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) award (Panos Artemiadis, Principal Investigator)
  • Fulton Schools faculty contributions
  • Office of the Dean, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering