This specialization belongs to the master's programme Systems Control.

The interdisciplinary study of unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)

In recent years Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) have amply demonstrated their value and attractiveness. The wide range of applications includes inspection, maintenance, and repair in industry, precision agriculture, mapping and surveying, aerial photography, safety and security, and traffic management. UAVs are high-tech electromechanical systems, remotely or autonomously controlled.

The specialization in Unmanned Aerial Vehicles is an interdisciplinary study focused on the further development of UAVs and UAV-based services. For this purpose, the core courses on Systems and Control are complemented with various courses aimed at understanding, improving and applying advanced UAV technology. Courses on aerodynamics, flight dynamics and UAV control provide insight into UAV flight behaviour, control methods and aspects of UAV design. Sensor technologies to capture the UAV’s location and attitude and to monitor its environment will be studied. As to applications, you will discuss and develop business plans for UAV-based services as well as regulations and ethics related to the use of UAVs. The combination of developing advanced technology and discussing the limits and impact of applications of UAVs in society clearly reflects the “High Tech, Human Touch” approach of the University of Twente. You will be able to tailor the programme to address your individual interests and needs.

This is a highly interdisciplinary specialization with contributions of various disciplines. The following research groups are involved in this specialization:

Educating broadly skilled engineers

The UAVs’ industrial and consumer market is rapidly growing and so is the need for UAV experts. This not only concerns UAV pilots, but also UAV engineers, developing new systems and applications and positioning UAV services in the market. The specialization in Unmanned Aerial Vehicles aims to educate broadly skilled engineers who complement core knowledge on systems and control with knowledge on robotics, aerodynamics, imaging technology, business models, law, and ethics.

Courses

Some courses you could take within this specialization:

Career prospects

You will find employment in research and development departments of companies developing UAVs and UAV-based services, governmental agencies developing guidelines for the use of UAVs, or universities conducting research on UAVs.  

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