The Autonomous Vehicles Lab is an academic research facility located in Shalimar, Florida. It is operated jointly by the University of Florida and Air Force Research Lab (AFRL/RW). The primary focus of this facility is to develop early hardware implementations of promising research in Guidance, Navigation and Controls (GNC) for evaluation, and possible selection for continued development by AFRL.  In addition to developing cooperative GNC algorithms, the lab also conducts research on robust estimation approaches, exploring machine learning for GNC applications, and developing novel GPS denied navigation algorithms.

Recent News & Travel

  • April 2022: The Autonomous Vehicle’s Lab hosted the UF IFAS’s NW Florida Drone Team
  • April 2022: Our paper “Factorized Partial-Update Schmidt Kalman Filter” was accepted to be published in AIAA’s Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics
  • March 2022: Jonathan Curtis joined the Autonomous Vehicles Lab as volunteer through the AVL STEM Outreach program
  • January 2022: AVL’s work Autonomous Capabilities to Facilitate Indoor Exploration by UAS and An Unmanned System for Persistent Surveillance in GPS-Denied Environments in collaboration with the US Air Force Academy has been presented and published at AIAA SciTech ’22.
  • November 2021: Prashant Ganesh and Humberto Ramos have been invited to the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Spring to assist cadets with their capstone project
  • November 2021: Humberto Ramos presented his work “Observability Informed Partial-Update Schmidt Kalman Filter” at the International Conference on Information Fusion 2021
  • October 2021: Paul Buzaud and Humberto Ramos gave a talk at ROSWorld 2021 on the BaggetFilter: A simple user friendly interface to manipulate ROSBags