The research of the Aerial Robotics Laboratory focuses on the design, fabrication and testing of next generation flying robots and it employs biological inspiration as a key design methodology to achieve high performance systems.
The applications that we focus on include search and rescue operations, inspection and in-situ repair with flying robots, assisted agriculture, environmental monitoring and exploration of hazardous environments.
Current research topics include:
- Bio-inspired construction with aerial robots.
- Hybrid locomotion for robots to move in air, water, on ground and in forest environments.
- Aerial robots as tools to study the evolution of flight.
- Listen to our radio segment on The Naked Scientists - BBC (10/2014)
- London Innovation Summit: Dr. Kovac delivers keynote address with the title "Drones for Humanity" (10/2014)
- Dr. Kovac comments to the BBC: Robots inspired by origami fold themselves into motion (8/2014)
- Dr. Kovac comments to the BBC: Hummingbirds edge out helicopters in hover contest (8/2014)
- Our aerial 3D printer goes on exhibit at the London Science Museum (6/2014)
- BloombergTV live interview with Dr. Kovac on "The Future of Aerial Robotics" (6/2014)
- Dr. Kovac speaks to the BBC on special issue of Bioinspiration & Biomimetics (5/2014)
- Aerial 3D printer receives wide media coverage (5/2014)
- Come and meet us at the Imperial Festival (5/2014)