Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Multi-Agent Systems Technology Research (UAV MASTER) Lab

The Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Multi-Agent Systems Technology Research (UAV MASTER) Lab is a cooperative effort between the Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering departments that focus on Unmanned Aerial Systems. The UAV Master Lab focuses on the areas of:

  • Unmanned Aerial Systems
  • Robotics
  • Multiple Robot Coordination and Control
  • Intelligent Systems
  • System Identification


The UAV Master Lab at the University of Cincinnati educates and trains undergraduates and graduate students in the contemporary aerospace and mechanical engineering disciplines of synthesis, analysis, experimentation, and design of unmanned systems through meaningful research projects.


  • Multi-rotor UAV Conceptual Design
  • Dynamic Modeling using System Identification
  • Auto-Pilot Design and Optimization
  • GPS based Waypoint Navigation
  • Navigation in a GPS Denied Environment
  • Path Planning and Obstacle Avoidance
  • Sense and Avoid Systems
  • Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) system simulation
  • Genetic Fuzzy UAS Collaborative Control
  • Situational Awareness and Resource Allocation
  • Additive Manufacturing for Rapid Prototyping
  • Fault Tolerance Flight Control


  • Disaster Management
  • Infrastructure Inspection
  • Emergency Response

Cooperative Labs

  • CDS Lab





  • University of Bordeaux


  • Psibernetix

University of Cincinnati

  • Most-Aero Labs
  • Cooperative Distribution Systems Lab



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Kelly Cohen

Professor, CEAS - Aerospace Eng & Eng Mechanics

745 Baldwin Hall


Dr. Kelly Cohen, the Brian H. Rowe Endowed Chair in aerospace engineering, has been a faculty member since 2007 in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at UC's College of Engineering and Applied Science. His career is marked by achievement in the field of aerospace engineering and education, including the SOCHE (Strategic Ohio Council for Higher Education) Excellence Award, UC George Barbour Award for Good Faculty-Student Relations, UC Faculty Core Values Award, UC Dolly Cohen Award for Excellence in Teaching, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Outstanding Technical Contribution Application Award, the CEAS Distinguished Researcher Award and the Greater Cincinnati Consortium of Colleges and Universities Excellence in Teaching Award, among many others.
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Manish Kumar

Professor, CEAS - Mechanical Eng

629 Rhodes Hall


Cooperative Distributed Systems Lab
Dr. Manish Kumar directs Cooperative Distributed Systems (CDS) Laboratory, Collaboratory for Medical Innovation and Implementation, and co-directs UAV MASTER Lab. His research interests include Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, robotics, decision-making and control in complex systems, multi-sensor data fusion, swarm systems, and multiple robot coordination and control. His research has been supported by funding obtained from National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, Ohio Department of Transportation, Ohio Department of Higher Education, and several industry. He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). He has served as the Chair of the Robotics Technical Committee of the ASME’s Dynamic Systems and Control Division, and as an Associate Editor of the ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurements and Control.
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George (Tom) T Black

Associate Professor of Practice Emeritus, CEAS - Aerospace Eng & Eng Mechanics

George "Tom" Black is a Assistant Professor - Practice.  He teaches undergraduate classes in systems engineering, classical control theory and flight mechanics, and a senior/graduate class in flight test engineering.  He retired from his first career - an aerospace engineer at Wright-Patterson AFB - in December 2011 after 34 years, specializing in aircraft flying qualities and flight controls.  During that time he was lead flying qualities engineer for the development of the F-22, lead flight sciences engineer for the X-45 UCAV/J-UCAS program, lead flight systems engineer for the KC-X and T-6A/B programs and chief engineer for the Combat Systems Division.  He has also worked in AFRL and in technical intelligence, as an aerodynamics and flight test engineer for Beech Aircraft, and as an instructor, a flight instructor and research test pilot for the Ohio State University.

Tom has a BS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Cincinnati (1977) and an MS in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from the Ohio State University (1983).  He also has a Commercial Pilot's License with Single-Engine Land, Multi-Engine Land and Instrument Ratings.  He has logged over 1,000 flight hours and has flown 50 major types of aircraft, including T-38, P-51, B-26 and Ford Tri-motor.  He also has a Remote Pilot License with Small UAS rating.  He is a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the Experimental Aircraft Association, Warbirds of America, and is an Associate Member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots.  His research and teaching interests include aircraft flying qualities, air and space vehicle dynamics and controls, and air and space vehicle flight testing.

Graduate Students

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Reza Radmanesh

PhD Mechanical Engineering

414 Old Chemistry

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Mohammad Sarim

PhD Mechanical Engineering

414 Old Chemistry

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Brandon Cook

PhD Aerospace Engineering

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Nathaniel Richards

MS Aerospace Engineering

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Shraddha Barawkar

MS Mechanical Engineering

414 Old Chemistry

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Nicklas Stockton

MS Aerospace Engineering

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Anthony Lamping

MEng Aerospace Engineering

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Justin Ouwerkerk

MS Aerospace Engineering

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Rumit Kumar

MS Aerospace Engineering

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Timothy Arnett

PhD Aerospace Engineering

Undergraduate Students

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Austin Wessels

Aerospace Engineering

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Nicholas Little

Aerospace Engineering

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Nick DeGroote

Aerospace Engineering

Notable Alumni

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Anoop Sathyan

PhD Aerospace Engineering

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Alireza Nemati

Mechanical Engineering