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Welcome to Cooperative Unmanned Systems Laboratory (CUSL)



Haiyang Chao

Ph.D. & Assistant Professor

Director, Cooperative Unmanned Systems Laboratory (CUSL)

Department of Aerospace Engineering

2130 Learned Hall

The University of Kansas Lawrence, KS, 66045

chaohaiyang (AT) ku (DOT)edu


Dr. Haiyang Chao joined the University of Kansas as an Assistant Professor in August, 2013. He has authored or coauthored one book, two book chapters, and more than thirty peer-reviewed research papers. He is the author of the book "Remote Sensing and Actuation Using Unmanned Vehicles" published by Wiley-IEEE Press (LINK). His papers have been cited for more than 500 times according to (Google scholar). Dr. Chao has extensive experiences of designing, programming, and flight testing small unmanned systems for flight control, aviation safety, and remote sensing applications. He has led or participated more than 90 flight test sessions using small subscale aircraft weighing from 4 lbs to 26 lbs. Example flight test topics include close formation flight (5-12 wingspans), optical-flow-aided navigation, low-cost unmanned platform development, fractional order attitude controller, etc. Dr. Chao is one of the key developers of (AggieAir), a low-cost, small UAV platform for remote sensing applications.


B.S. Zhejiang University, 2001

M.S. Zhejiang University, 2005

Ph.D. Utah State University, 2010


AE 430 Aerospace Instrumentation (Spring 2014/2015/2016)

AE 752 Linear Multivariable Control (Fall 2014/2016)

AE 759 Estimation and Control of Unmanned Autonomous Systems (Fall 2015)

AE 892 GPS Navigation System (Fall 2015)


Air Force Research Lab Summer Faculty Fellowship, AFRL Munition Directorate, Eglin, FL, 2016

Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), graduate supervisor, navigation engineer, and safety pilot of Team USU OSAM, the 1st Place Team with $14000 prize in the 2009 AUVSI student UAS competition (totally 18 teams), Jun. 2009.

Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), airframe designer and navigation engineer of Team USU OSAM, the 2nd Place Team with $8000 prize in the 2008 AUVSI student UAS competition (totally 16 teams), Jun. 2008.