The UND Research Institute for Autonomous Systems (RIAS) integrates the resources of the North Dakota University System to advance efforts in unmanned and autonomous systems.
RIAS helps integrate the expertise, infrastructure, activities and resources of UND and the North Dakota University System.
Be a global leader in unmanned and autonomous systems research, application, and policy development.
Create new autonomous systems through multidisciplinary research and lead development of world-changing autonomous policies, with the goal of driving a vibrant, diverse, and sustainable economy consistent with ethical and legal standards.
- Develop new technological solutions for autonomous systems through multidisciplinary research.
- Contribute to the development of a vibrant, diverse and sustainable economy in the State of North Dakota, our country and the world.
- Serve as a global forum to develop public policies for autonomous systems consistent with our clients’ needs.
History of UAS Research at UND
UND has recently emerged as a pole of innovation in the field of unmanned aircraft systems. This has been achieved thanks to a significant investment by state and federal governments, the private sector and the UND own resources over the past 12 years in the Grand Forks Great Area, the site of our university.
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.
Why Work With RIAS?
RIAS encompasses all research activities in unmanned and autonomous systems at UND and provides significant opportunities for collaboration across the North Dakota University System and with the private sector.
RIAS engages researchers across a broad spectrum of disciplines in order to catalyze and support research and technology development across the unmanned and autonomous systems enterprise.
Our focus areas include, but not limited to the following areas:
- Autonomous Platforms
- Data Supply Chain
- Cyber Security