Checking date: 17/07/2020

Course: 2020/2021

Technologies for Autonomous and Unmanned Systems
Study: Bachelor in Telematics Engineering (215)


Department assigned to the subject: Department of Signal and Communications Theory

Type: Electives
ECTS Credits: 3.0 ECTS


Students are expected to have completed
Digital Communications Communication Channels and Systems Electronic Systems
Competences and skills that will be acquired and learning results. Further information on this link
Learning results: - Know the basic structure of unmanned vehicles. - Know the typical architecture of the on-board and ground systems, as well as their fundamental components. - Design the architecture of the systems needed for the fulfillment of a specific mission.
Description of contents: programme
Unit 1. Introduction to Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) and Unmmaned Air Systems (UAS) - History - Applications: missions - Systems: integration - Normative: operation. Safety of Flight. Human Factors. - Socio-economic impact - Types and classification of UAS - Introduction to UAS Design and Construction Unit 2. Basic Technologies - Airframe * Materials. 3D Printing & Additive Manufacturing - Propulsion and Power * Battery Management Systems (BMS), Power Systems, Fuel Cells and Propellers. Solar Power Solutions. - Guidance and Control * Autopilots + Type of navigation: autonomous (Inertial); non-inertial (e.g., GNSS)        + Sensors (Barometer, IMU, GPS): measurement attitude and conditions of the aircraft, instrumentation        + Types of Autopilots, operating principles        + System control elements, actuators (servos) - Sensing * Cameras, Imaging & Vision Systems * Optic (Visible, IR). Range (RADAR, LiDAR, SONAR). Magnetic (MAD) * Inertial Sensors: IMU. - Communication * Command and Control * Data links * Ultra reliable low latency communications. Massive M2M Communications. IoT, 5G. * Medium Access Control. Networking. Security - Processing * Data Storage * Data Fusion. Information Extraction. Perception. * Detection, classification, tracking. Decision Making. Learning. * Edge and Fog Computing. - Ground Control Station * GCS software * UAV Launch & Recovery Systems Unit 3. Systems for interaction with the physical world - Localization, identification and Navigation systems. * Collision Avoidance Systems. Traffic Management and Control. Unit 4. Applications - Intelligent Transports: ground, air and sea. - Services, Agriculture and Industry: Aerial photography, filming and mapping, precision agriculture, asset and infrastructure inspection - Security and defense: surveillance, warfare. Unit 5. RPAS/UAS operation - Regulations - Operational procedures (Flight and Mission planning, Emergency procedures, radio spectrum) * Mission control and management software - Human Factors
Learning activities and methodology
Theory Classes: 0.75 ECTS Practical/Lab. classes: 0.5 ECTS Group Project: 1 ECTS    - Development of a project of systems integration in a UAV Individual Project: 0.75 ECTS The learning activities, methodology and tutoring regime will be organized according to the regulations specified by the university:
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 50
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 50
Basic Bibliography
  • James Aber Irene Marzolff Johannes Ries Susan Aber. Small-Format Aerial Photography and UAS Imagery. Academic Press. 2nd Edition.. 2019
  • Paul Gerin Fahlstrom. Introduction to UAV Systems. John Wiley & Sons; 4th Edition. 2012
  • Plamen Angelov. Sense and Avoid in UAS. Wiley-Blackwell. 2012
  • Reg Austin. Unmanned Aircraft Systems: UAVS Design, Development and Deployment. Wiley-Blackwell; Edición: 1. 2010
Additional Bibliography
  • Brent Terwilliger, David C. Ison, John Robbins. Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Guide: Exploring Designs, Operations, Regulations, and Economics. Aviation Supplies & Academics, Inc.. 2017
  • Douglas M. Marshall, Richard K. Barnhart, Eric Shappee, Michael Thomas Most. Introduction to Unmanned Aircraft Systems. CRC Press. 2016

The course syllabus and the academic weekly planning may change due academic events or other reasons.