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A micro aerial vehicle, also known as a drone.

The U.S. National Science Foundation has awarded University of Delaware professor Guoquan Huang a $166,000 grant to develop attack-resilient navigation for micro aerial vehicles (also known as drones).


University of Delaware (UD) professor Guoquan Huang recently received a two-year grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation to design resource-aware, attack-resilient, consistent micro aerial vehicle (MAV) navigation.

The $166,000 award will enable Huang to develop consistent state estimation algorithms that enable drones to detect abnormalities in their sensing and react to them to compensate for malicious attacks.

The work focuses on protecting the sensing systems that drive navigation instead of the communication systems embedded in MAVs. "By enabling secure MAV navigation in the presence of malicious attacks, this research will add one more layer of protection to our society," Huang says.

The research also will foster novel MAV-based applications, such as providing aerial transportation during humanitarian aid and delivering supplies in hard-to-reach areas during and after disasters. In addition, the project will create research opportunities for both graduate and undergraduate students from UD, and an integrated outreach program will provide hands-on teaching and robotics programming instruction for K-12 students.

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