IU Vehicle Autonomy and Intelligence Lab
The Vehicle Autonomy and Intelligence Lab (VAIL) required new space to be able to fly and observe drone behavior to facilitate research that focuses on planning, learning, and coordination techniques for autonomous systems involving single or multiple robots with potential applications in environmental monitoring, surveillance and security, search and rescue, as well as smart transportation. The purpose of this lab is to focus on methodologies that enhance the autonomy and intelligence of robotic systems —unmanned ground, aerial, and aquatic vehicles. This lab is located in the Multidisciplinary Engineering and Science Hall (MESH) building and was part of a larger scale renovation. VAIL is 6,840 sf total and includes: a high bay fly zone with safety netting, an underwater drone pool area, a control/ observation room adjacent to the high bay, and a workbench area and dedicated storage space.