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Center Overview

The Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (C-UAS) researchers investigate technical challenges that limit the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in military, civil, and commercial applications. The Center's mission is to provide innovative solutions to key technical challenges and superb training for future leaders in the UAS industry.

C-UAS develops new algorithms, architectures, and operational procedures for unmanned aircraft systems. Its main objectives are to:

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


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

Janelle Forsgren
Administration Staff
+1 801 422 7441

Brad Whitby
Managing Director
+1 801 422 7002

Randy Beard
Center Director
+1 801 422 8392

Eric Frew
Center Staff
+1 303 492 6221

Timothy McLain
Center Staff
+1 801 422 3360

John Valasek
Center Staff
+1 979 862 6777

Craig Woolsey
Center Staff
+1 540 231 5281

Ella Atkins
Center Staff
+1 734 763 6438

Research Focus

C-UAS contributes to the advancement of the UAS community through research in five main areas:

  • Advanced autonomous capabilities for UAS.
  • Human and technology interfaces for UAS.
  • Multiagent cooperative control of UAS.
  • UAS-based communication networks.
  • UAS integration into the National Airspace System.