The Center for Unmanned System Studies represents an inter-disciplinary effort involving studies in vehicle dynamics, robotic, mechatronics, guidance, navigation, control, pertinent to unmanned vehicle engineering for aerospace, underwater and ground applications. The group was started-off as an offshoot of funded projects within the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Department of Mechanical Engineering, now merged on Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering at ITB. As it evolves, the research activities reflect alloys of more broad disciplines and involve expertise in different departments and associated laboratories including Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Engineering Physics, Informatics and Mathematics.
The early work done in the group was focused on the modeling and control of a number of unconventional vehicles and flexible structures. The research was done primarily in the Vibration Laboratory and Mechatronics Technology Laboratory. Some of the accomplished work includes the design of active flutter suppression and gust load alleviation system for flexible structures and various design, development and integration of unmanned vehicles. Today, the group research activities expand to the development of autonomous unmanned vehicles. The group conducts both basic theoretical and experimental studies in dynamics and control and is committed to making contribution in the technologically important areas such as rapid prototyping, HIL simulation technology, low-cost avionics and robust control applicable for aerospace, underwater and ground vehicles.