Robotics and Uninhabited Systems

An autonomous or uninhibited system is a robot with little to no interference from humans—it reacts to situations as a human would. Systems that are autonomous are efficient, improve safety, reduce waste, and perform tasks to free up human time. Aside from the everyday tasks an autonomous system can do, extraordinary circumstances are improved too—like a robot that can fill up a satellite with a tank of gas. 

Big commercial satellites are costly. They run out of fuel or malfunction or break down. They would like to be able to go up there and fix it, but nowadays it’s impossible.

Ou Ma Professor, Aerospace Engineering

Active Research Faculty

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Kelly Cohen



Research Interests: Artificial intelligence in UAVs

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Daniel R. Cuppoletti

Assistant Professor


Research Interests: UAV Aeroacoustics

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Sameh A. Eisa

Assistant Professor


Research Interests: Control Systems

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John Christopher Gallagher



Research Interests: UAV controls and detecting

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Donghoon Kim

Assistant Professor


Research Interests: Fault-tolerant autonomous systems

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Manish Kumar



Research Interests: UAVs, robotics and decision making

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Tamara Lorenz

Psychology-Mechanical Engineering-Electrical Engineering (jointly appointed)


Research Interests: Human-robot interaction

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Ou Ma

Alan B Shepard Chair Professor


Research Interests: Robotics and autonomous systems
Lab Website: Intelligent Robotics and Autonomous Systems Laboratory

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Catharine L McGhan

Assistant Professor


Research Interests: Intelligent robotics

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Massoud Rabiee



Research Interests: Digital controls, automation

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Research Interests: UAV navigation without GPS

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Dieter Frans S. Vanderelst

Biology-Mechanical Engineering-Electrical Engineering-Psychology (jointly appointed)


Research Interests: Flight control, robotic models

Modeling and Simulation Research News


UC students design custom satellites

September 10, 2020

Engineering students at the University of Cincinnati are building tiny custom satellites to help scientists study some of the Earth’s most pressing environmental problems from space.

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