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Designing flying AI systems to study supercell thunderstorms up close

Dec. 8, 2021

A team of University of Colorado Boulder scientists and engineers have landed a major grant to design next-generation uncrewed aircraft systems (UAS) to fly into the heart of supercell thunderstorms that can spawn tornadoes...

Rendering of cars

NSF grants aim to improve security and safety of autonomous cars and systems

Oct. 30, 2020

Researchers at CU Boulder are leading four new NSF-funded projects that are exploring the safety and security of autonomous systems, including those used in self-driving vehicles. The work is part of an international effort to address the significant safety and security obstacles to widespread adoption of these systems in the...

A quadcopter drone flies into an entrance of Edgar mine.

Drones go underground in high-stakes competition

Feb. 6, 2020

Roughly one story belowground, in an undisclosed location in Boulder County, close to a dozen engineers hustle up and down a series of utility tunnels—a network of corridors filled with pipes and lit only by sporadic lightbulbs. The students and faculty members have come to this dim and dusty environment...

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Solving AI’s (over)confidence problem

Jan. 7, 2020

University of Colorado Boulder researchers are developing artificial intelligence systems so computers can recognize and explain their own limitations to users. It takes on an important issue people face with each other every day. “We all have different competencies and we know our own limitations. If I'm asked to...

A student holding a UAV.

Students critical to massive drone study of tornadoes

Oct. 25, 2019

Researchers from CU Boulder flew drones into severe storms this spring for project TORUS, one of the largest and most ambitious drone-based investigations of meteorological phenomena ever, with students leading much of the work. Project TORUS—Targeted Observation by Radars and UAS of Supercells—is a partnership between CU Boulder, the University...

Flood damage.

Brainwaves Podcast - Natural disasters: How new science will help us survive

Aug. 7, 2019

Tornadoes, floods, fires and more affect 160 million people per year worldwide. On this episode of the CU Boulder Brainwaves podcast, what science is doing to help people and their property survive. Interviews include Lori Peek, director of the Natural Hazards Center, Brian Argrow and Eric Frew with the TORUS...

A UAV in the air.

The air up there: CU team deploys multiple drones in tornado study

July 1, 2019

Researchers from CU Boulder flew drones into severe storms this spring in one of the largest and most ambitious drone-based investigations of meteorological phenomena ever.

A UAV flying

CU researchers using drones to study tornados over Central Plains

April 30, 2019

Project TORUS – or Targeted Observation by Radars and UAS of Supercells – is a partnership between CU Boulder, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (which is leading the work), Texas Tech University, the University of Oklahoma and the National Severe Storms Laboratory. Funding comes from the National Science Foundation and the...

Student in the pool with the RoboSub system

CU is diving into the field of autonomous submarines

April 23, 2019

CU Boulder researchers are taking a deep dive into the realm of autonomous submarines through a Small Business Technology Transfer contract sponsored by the Office of Naval Research. The work, which entered phase two last month, pairs the University of Colorado Boulder Research and Engineering Center for Unmanned Vehicles center...

Rendering of a robot using a keyboard.

CU engineering well positioned for DARPA’s new push on artificial intelligence

Sept. 19, 2018

The U.S. Department of Defense recently announced it will invest up to $2 billion over the next five years toward research programs advancing artificial intelligence, and the CU Boulder College of Engineering and Applied Science is well-positioned to meet that demand, according to faculty and staff. The funding will be...