- Flight Operations
- Applied Research
- Public-Private Partnerships
- Data Exploitation
- Institutional Policy Research and Public Policy Environment
UND Research Institute for Autonomous Systems
The UND Research Institute for Autonomous Systems (RIAS) is created to help integrate the expertise, infrastructure, activities and resources of UND and the North Dakota University System, with the goal of establishing ongoing and sustainable externally funded unmanned and autonomous research leading to economic development and diversification in the state of North Dakota. The RIAS will help to brand North Dakota as the leading destination for cutting edge unmanned and autonomous technology and workforce development.
Through significant investment by state and federal governments, the private sector, and the University of North Dakota over the past 12 years, a vibrant unmanned aircraft systems community has been established in Grand Forks and the state of North Dakota. This ecosystem holds the promise of new unmanned and autonomous research and technology development, workforce development, and business creation, attraction and retention in the region and the state.
The RIAS will encompass all research activities in unmanned and autonomous systems at UND and will provide significant opportunities for collaboration across the North Dakota University System and with the private sector. The RIAS will form multiple research groups that will work collaboratively to win significant federal extramural research funding, develop new technologies that will lead to the formation of new businesses in North Dakota, and help to create the workforce that is needed to support these businesses.
The RIAS will engage researchers across a broad spectrum of disciplines in order to catalyze and support research and technology development across the unmanned and autonomous systems enterprise, including but not limited to the following focus areas: Flight; Applications; Data Acquisition, Analysis and Security; Policy, Law and Ethics; Entrepreneurship; and Development of Next Generation Systems.