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Center Overview

CAAMS mission is to provide innovative solutions to key technical challenges and superb training for future leaders in the autonomous air mobility and sensing community through pre-competitive research.

CAAMS develops new algorithms, architectures, and operational procedures for autonomous air mobility. Its main objectives are to:

  • Work with industry partners to define and solve problems of primary importance to the autonomous air mobility community.
  • Provide students with the world-class, cross-disciplinary training that will allow them to become the next generation of technical leaders in the autonomous air mobility field.
  • Develop knowledge and intellectual property that will help industry members maintain their competitiveness in the global economy.


  • University of Michigan
  • University of Colorado, Boulder
  • Brigham Young University
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Texas A&M University
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Center Personnel

Jacob Langelaan
Site Director PSU
+1 814 863 6817

Brad Whitby
Managing Director
+1 801 422 7002

Dimitra Panagaou
Site Director Michigan
+1 734 763 2355

Randy Beard
Site Director BYU
+1 801 422 8392

John Valasek
Site Director TAMU
+1 979 862 6777

Nisar Ahmed
Site Director CU
+1 303 492 0286

Kevin Kochersberger
Site Director VT
+1 540 231 5589

Eric Frew
Center Director
+1 303 735 1285

Research Focus

CAAMS contributes to the advancement of the autonomous air mobility community through several areas of focus including:

  • Assured autonomy
  • Guidance navigation and control
  • AI/ML for aviation
  • Unmanned aircraft systems
  • Air mobility and air taxi systems
  • Certification, testing, and evaluation
  • Sensing applications
  • Safe, reliable, sustainable vehicle systems
  • Multi-domain awareness
  • Resilient mobile communication
  • Intelligent transportation networks
  • Human/machine interaction and human factors
  • Aviation weather
  • Aerodynamics and design
  • Mobile communication and the Internet of (Flying) Things
  • Data fusion


Member Organizations

IUCRC affiliated member organizations are displayed as submitted by the Center. Non-federal organizations are not selected, approved, or otherwise endorsed by the National Science Foundation.
  • Aerovironment
  • AFRL Sensors
  • Air Force Research Lab - Aerospace Systems Directorate
  • Army - CCDC (formerly ARDEC)
  • Army - CCDC Armaments
  • Army Research Lab
  • Ball Aerospace
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Draper
  • Honeywell
  • L3Harris
  • Lockheed Martin
  • NASA Langley
  • Parallax
  • Raytheon
  • Sandia
  • Sinclair Community College
  • Vectornav