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Dr Colin Greatwood

Dr Colin Greatwood

Dr Colin Greatwood
MEng(Bristol), PhD

Senior Research Associate

Senior Teaching Associate

Office 0.68 QB
Queen's Building,
University Walk, Clifton BS8 1TR
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+44 (0) 117 331 5543


Dr Greatwood is a member of the Dynamics and Control group working in the field of control of unmanned aircraft systems. His interests include design of small unmanned aircraft systems, optimal control, machine learning and embedded computing.

Recent activities that Dr Greatwood has worked on have included

  • Control and design of variable geometry fixed wing aircraft
  • Autonomous exploration with quadcopters using machine learning techniques
  • Nonlinear trajectory optimisation for helicopters
  • UAV flight trials including atmospheric sampling at 9000 feet and radiation mapping

A lot of the research Dr Greatwood is involved in is supported by the indoor flying arena at the Bristol Robotics LaboratoryThe instrumented arena enables fast, accurate motion tracking of vehicles and rapid development of embedded control algorithms.

Dr Greatwood is currently investigating methods for integrating low power, high speed cameras to enable agile autonomous control of UAVs within complex and previously unexplored environments. These technologies will reduce the need for highly trained operators and could enable UAVs to support dangerous operations such as search and rescue within damaged buildings.



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