Skip to content. Skip to navigation
CIM Menus

Mechanical Engineering Seminar

UAS Navigation and Control Fire and Water Applications

Hugh H.T. Liu
Institute for Aerospace Studies University of Toronto

March 29, 2019 at  10:00 AM
Macdonald Engineering Room 267


Unmanned aerial systems (UAS) hold great promise for applications as diverse as natural resource monitoring, infrastructure inspection (pipeline, railways), agriculture, mineral exploration, journalism, and search & rescue operations. In this talk, I will present recent research and development work at the “Flight Systems and Control” research group of the UTIAS in the area of UAS navigation and control. Two case studies of commercial applications are illustrated: wildfire monitoring and water inspection. The focus is placed on the special challenges in terms of UAS navigation and control technology, and to discuss our proposed enabling solutions to improve performance and increase the level of autonomy in operation.


Hugh H.T. Liu is a full Professor of the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies, where he has been on the faculty since 2000. He currently also serves as the Director of Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) Program on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Centre for Aerial Robotics Research and Education. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Shanghai Jiao Tong University (1991), Master’s degree from Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (1994), and Ph.D. from the University of Toronto (1998). His research interests in the area of aircraft systems and control include autonomous unmanned systems, cooperative and formation control, fault tolerant control, active control on advanced aircraft systems, as well as integrated modeling and simulations. Prior to his academic appointment, Dr. Liu was a systems engineer at AlliedSignal (now Honeywell) Aerospace Canada where he worked on various aircraft systems projects. He has served many years as a member of the AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Technical Committee. He currently serves as the Associate Editor of AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics. He is also an Associate Editor of the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Journal. Dr. Liu is a fellow of Engineering Institute of Canada, an Associate Fellow of AIAA, a Fellow of Canadian Society of Mechanical Engineers, and a registered Professional Engineer in Ontario, Canada.