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Pentagon Issues Brain-Controlled UAV Research Grant

droneThe University of Texas at San Antonio has received a $300,000 grant from the Defense Department to conduct a study on brain-controlled unmanned aerial vehicles.

UTSA’s unmanned systems laboratory will work to find out how to operate small UAVs for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations of the military by using brain signals, UTSA said Thursday.

“As autonomous UAV technologies advance, it is critical that we understand the governing principles of man-machine interactions to utilize the complementary capabilities of man and autonomous machines,” said Mary Clark, UTSA professor.

“This research will be part of UTSA’s efforts toward discovering those principles,” she added.

Pack and Daniel Pack, chairman of the department of electrical and computer engineering, will collaborate with Yufei Huang, UTSA professor of electrical and computer engineering, to extract vehicle control signals from the human brain in order to eliminate the need for UAV ground stations.

The team will use a new electroencephalogram equipment that UTSA acquired through a separate DoD research grant.

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