Research Laboratories

1. Avionics Integration Lab

The aim of this lab is to provide state-of-the art hybrid avionics equipment integration and systems development platform supporting multiple busses, multiple platforms and unified operations. Demonstration of implementing multiple gateways will be possible through most modern reconfigurable and programmable H/W. This complete instrumentation ready lab will be the key strength of avionics integration research facilities at IAA. It is bifurcated into two parts. The avionics Integration test-bed which aims at the integration of one specific aircraft and the research test-bed which aims at providing a toolset for simulating the environment for any research purpose in the area of avionics integration and aerospace sensors & systems simulation.

The instrumentation platform chosen for these test beds is PXI for seamless integration of signal conditioning, data acquisition and switching mechanisms. AIL's main strength is that the addition of cards can help the instrumentation equipment to morph into the desired research test bed for avionics integration. All will be equipped to support research in the following areas:

  • Real-time fault tolerant Protocols design, implementation and analysis

  • Aerospace Sensor and Systems Research

  • Distributed Controls Systems Design and Evaluation Platforms

  • Embedded Systems Design and Implementation

  • Reconfigurable Hardware Applications

  • ASIC Design Testing and Validation

  • FPGA Algorithms Optimization and Basic Support Facility for ASIC Design

  • Instrumentation and Measurement

  • Design Validations Facilities

  • Automated Test Equipment

  • Production Validation and Quality Assurance

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2. Electro Optics Lab

This lab aims at providing the-state-of-the-art thermal imaging, optical and image processing and tracking , multiple sensors fusion FLIR/CCD, robust image registration techniques, optical measurement and testing using spectrometry, fiber optic sensors calibration, linearization and testing facility. Also included in the scope of this lab are fault diagnostics using multiple vision sensors, laser applications, light source, monochrome and color LEDs testing. EOL will be equipped to support research in the following areas:

  • Image Processing and Image Based Tracking Control

  • Multiple Sensors Fusion FLIR/CCD

  • Robust Image Restoration Techniques

  • Optical Measurement and Testing Using Spectrometry

  • Fiber Optic Sensors Calibration, Linearization and Testing Facility

  • Fault Diagnostics Using Multiple Vision Sensors

  • Lasers Target Designation and Ranging and Precise Motion Measurement

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3. Aerospace Sensors & Systems Lab

Aerospace sensors lab aims at providing the research facility for advanced topics in aerospace sensors such as sensors modeling, linearization, sensor failure detection, complimentary filtering, and multiple sensor fusion. This lab will use a modular test and measurement system platform extended in SCXI signal conditioning interfaces that allow programmable filtering and signal conditioning of sensors signal as well as sensor activation. This lab when used in conjunction with avionics system integration will become a unique aircraft instrumentation and avionics integration test-bed for research purposes. ASSL will be equipped to support research in the following areas:

  • Aerospace Sensors and Systems Research

  • Vibrations

  • Adaptive Control

  • Aerospace Vehicle Autopilot Design

  • Fault Tolerant and Robust Controls

  • Optimization and H-infinity Controls

  • Fault Detection and Isolation

  • Sensors and System Identification

  • Data Fusion

  • Neuro-Fuzzy Techniques in Instrumentation and Measurement

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4. Communication Security & Embedded Systems Lab

This state-of-the-art lab can support research and development in Voice Encryption / Decryption, IP Exchanges., E1 / T1 Interfaces, E1 Analysis, VPN Implementations, IP Terminal Development, FPGA and DSP implementation of algorithms.

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5. ECM & Radar Lab

The aim of this lab is provide complete test facility in the range of the software defined radios, frequency hopping radios and systems, wireless adhoc networks, HF, UHF, VHF spectrum monitoring and selective jamming including the concepts of OFDM implementation and testing services. ERL will be equipped to support research in the following areas:

  • Software Defined Radios

  • Hopping Radios Analysis and Testing

  • Jammer Design, Self-Protection Jammer, Friend Aware Jamming

  • Wireless Adhoc Networks

  • WiMAX and Emerging Standards Analysis in Commercial Range

  • HF/UHF/VHF Spectrum Monitoring and Selective Jamming

  • Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM)

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6. Micro Electro-Mechanical Systems Lab

Micro-Electro-Mechanical-Systems (MEMS) is an emerging technology that has found abundant use in aerospace systems. Miniaturized sensors on silicon chips have replaced bulky sensors saving volume, weight and power all of which are at a premium in aerospace vehicles. The lab adds a highly sought-after dimension to the in-country indigenous capabilities in the area of MEMS. At present it has facilities for characterization of MEMS devices but work is in hand to expand the available facilities to fabrication of micro and nano sensors and devices for aerospace as well as electronics, automotive and medical applications etc.