The Technion Autonomous Systems Program, headed by Distinguished Professor Daniel Weihs, is the first of its kind in Israel.
Autonomous systems represent the next great step forward in the fusion of machines with sensors, computers, and communication capabilities. The objective is to develop intelligent systems that can interact dynamically with the complexities of the real world. These systems make their own decisions independently about how to act, even in groups, especially in unplanned, changing, or unexpected conditions. Autonomous systems applications include performance-enhanced unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs); swimming medical micro-robots that can travel through the human body; unmanned vehicles for under-water, land-based, and space exploration; environmental disaster cleanup operations; rescue operations; detection, identification, and neutralization of chemical or biological weapons and explosives; transportation and traffic control systems; communication networks; and a wealth of other implementations that will drive progress in defense, medicine, and industry. The Technion does cutting edge research in all of these areas.
The Technion Autonomous Systems Program consists at present of three major Divisions: The Arlene and Arnold Goldstein Division for UAVs and Satellites, Unmanned Ground Systems, Unmanned Marine Systems. Two divisions are currently under construction: Autonomous Medical Systems and Autonomous Agent Networks. The Technion has physical facilities for the Division, which is used by researchers from the following faculties: Aerospace Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Industrial Engineering & Management, Biomedical Engineering and Medicine, Departement of Education in Science and Technology. Research activities take place in both established laboratories and in new, specific facilities built for TASP. In addition, there is a research in the Learning From Nature (LFN) laboratories.
Developments in micro- and nanotechnology are critical to the development and practical application of such autonomous systems.
To enhance the cutting-edge autonomous systems research that is already being successfully pursued on campus, the Technion, as Israel's premier engineering school, established the Technion Autonomous Systems Program, TASP, the scientific home for dozens of researchers from many disciplines. This provides a venue and world-class facilities for interdisciplinary, application-oriented research and development of complete autonomous systems, including hardware, software, operations principles, manufacturing and maintenance considerations.