UNR Offers Drone Technology Courses


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As the State of Nevada competes to be the testing ground for unmanned vehicles both in the air and on the road, University of Nevada Reno has developed a new training program.

Students stand inside a black Unmanned Arial Vehicle command center on the UNR campus. They watch surveillance videos of students outside, videos shot by cameras on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. Boeing aircraft subsidiary Insitu brought in the equipment for the announcement of the new minor in Unmanned Autonomous Systems. Dr. Indira Chatterjee, Associate Dean of Engineering says the new program will involve a partnership with private business.

 “They have already developed educational products in this area and so what they would do from what I understand is that they would train our instructors to teach the material so that our students could focus on that area and then be employed,” said Chanterjee.

 UNR is hoping to focus on civilian applications for unmanned vehicles including mining and agriculture. Coursework in the new minor includes game development, artificial intelligence and computer vision.




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