The picture above shows an aerial drone used by the UMass Unmanned Aerial System Research and Education Collaborative (UMassAir). Such drones collect high-resolution, temporal, and spectral remote sensing data that allow researchers to better understand the potential applications for unmanned aerial systems (UAS). Michael Knodler (director of the UMass Transportation Center), Charlie Schweik (Environmental Conservation), David Boutt (Geosciences), and a team of investigators lead the project. UMassAir serves as an incubator to conduct basic and applied research as well as educational programs designed to train the next generation of UAS research scientists and a civilian workforce seeking to gain knowledge in UAS piloting, sensor use, data processing and analytics. Learn More.