Optics and Electronics Research: Remote Sensing with Drones - Center for Research and Education in Optics and Lasers (CREOL)

Support the development of drone-based remote sensing technologies. Learn to fly multicopters and fixed-wing drones. Learn how to rebuild drones after they crash. Learn to use Pixhaw, QGroundControl and Mavlink for autopilot-controlled flights. Integrate and control payload sensors. Develop skills to conduct aerial searches and surveys suitable for a wide-range of applications.

Project Dates

Start Date: 6/1/2021 - End Date: 5/31/2022

Students Needed

Type of Project


Student Responsibilities

Work with a small team of grad students and undergrads. Learn the inner workings of drones and how to conduct drone flights safely. Practice flying and participate in field tests. Operate payload sensors, analyze data after the flight and support development of models that describe the detection capabilities of the sensor.

Time Commitment

10+ hours/week hour(s)

Student Requirements

Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Some engineering/physical science coursework completed and some experience with matlab or other resource for doing calculations or coding. Willingness to learn new skills and a passion for technology is more important than experience. Priority to students looking to engage in research for 1 year or longer. Priority to students that can commit closer to full-time hours during summer 2021.

Interested in Working With the Following Programs

Honors Undergraduate Thesis
Independent Research Credit (4912)
McNair Scholars
Research and Mentoring Program
Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

Additional Notes

Pay is $10/hour

Position Overview

  • Date Posted: 05-17-2021
  • Research Categories:
    • Engineering
    • Physical Sciences
  • Location:
    • Orlando (Main Campus)
  • Paid: Yes