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Virginia Tech Students' Ingenuity World Renowned
November 11, 2008

If the engineering students at Virginia Tech are a litmus test for the success of autonomous systems research, this emerging strength in the Virginia Center for Autonomous Systems (VaCAS) at the university illustrates its national leadership in this crucial 21st century technology. The center’s faculty members advise student teams and perform basic research in vehicle autonomy.

The success of Virginia Tech’s student design teams in autonomous vehicle research is attributable, in part, to the breadth and depth of the faculty expertise in unmanned systems. During the past decade, the interdisciplinary cooperation of faculty with interest in this topic led to the formation of the center, with six core faculty and some two dozen affiliates, representing 11 departments in three colleges.

The Virginia Center for Autonomous Systems was formally established in fall 2006, with financial support from Virginia Tech’s Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science. The center capitalizes on more than a decade of work in various aspects of autonomous systems research.

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