The RMIT Unmanned Aircraft Systems Research Team (RUASRT) is dedicated to enabling the safe and efficient operation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in a variety of civil, commercial and defence applications. UAS, also commonly referred to as drones, are the fastest growing sector of the aviation industry. Australia is well positioned to capitalise on this emerging technology, which have many highly beneficial applications in defence, emergency services, mining, agriculture, media, law enforcement, infrastructure inspection and environmental management.
The RUASRT comprises a multi-disciplinary team of world leading researchers at RMIT University. The team includes senior academics, research fellows, PhD students, and undergraduate engineering students. More about our research team here. Want to join the research team? PhD scholarships are available for high quality students. For more information on active research projects and scholarships, visit our research page
Prof. Simon Watkins
Aerodynamics, experimental fluid dynamics and turbulence.
Dr Abdulghani Mohamed
Turbulence modelling , experimental & numerical aerodynamics, sensing, bioinspiration, MAVs, systems design and integration, flocking / swarming, actuation & control.
Dr Alex Fisher
Aerodynamics experimental & analytical, avionics, and autonomous systems, control, signal processing, flocking / swarming, SLAM.
Dr Matthew Marino
Aerodynamics, modelling and aircraft design, Novel UAS applications, ATM for UAS.
Prof Pier Marzocca
Aeroelasticity, Flow-Structure-Interaction, Active/Passive Control, Structural dynamics, Aerodynamics, Solid/Fluid mechanics, UAV, Composite structures, Advanced materials and smart structures, Modelling and simulation.
Dr Sridhar Ravi
Bio-inspired systems, bio-mechanics
Dr Reece Clothier
Principal Researcher at Boeing Australia
Dr Mujahid Abdulrahim
Senior Control Engineer Aerovironment