Testing, Evaluation, and Control of Heterogeneous Large Scale Systems of Autonomous Vehicles

Testing, Evaluation, and Control of Heterogeneous Large Scale Systems of Autonomous Vehicles (TECHLAV) Center was initially funded by DoD Air Force Research Laboratory as a Center of Excellence in Autonomy in 2015. The TECHLAV Center, led by North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (N.C. A&T) comprises a strong multi-disciplinary team and synergizes expertise in Control, Communication, and Human Cognition from N.C. A&T and its collaborator University of Texas San Antonio. The Center is also partnering with Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) to provide and promote education, outreach activities and curriculum development to a larger Native American community.

TECHLAV as a multi-disciplinary Center of Excellence in Autonomy will conduct a collaborative and integrated research to research two fundamental grand challenges:

  • Teaming and Cooperative Control of Large Scale Autonomous Systems of Vehicles (LSASVs) integrated with human operators.
  • Testing, Evaluation, Validation, and Verification of LSASVs .
  • Teaming and Cooperative Control of Large Scale Autonomous Systems of Vehicles (LSASVs) integrated with human operators.
  • Testing, Evaluation, Validation, and Verification of LSASVs .
These challenges will be met through interleaved research Thrusts:
  • Thrust-1: Modeling, Analysis and Control of LSASVs.
  • Thrust-2: Resilient Control and Communication for LSASVs.
  • Thrust-3: Testing, Evaluations and Verification of LSASVs.

Testing, Evaluation, and Control of Heterogeneous Large-Scale Systems of Autonomous Vehicles (TECHLAV) Center

Institute for Autonomous Control Information Technology

Our Mission

The TECHLAV Center as a Center of Excellence in Autonomy will (1) address fundamental problems in modeling, analysis, control, coordination, test and evaluation of autonomous systems (2) serve as a national resource in education and research in Autonomy, (3) provide outreach services in autonomy related area, and (4) foster linkages among national institutions of higher education, government agencies and private companies (5) commercialize TECHLAV technologies for the benefit of the national economy.

Our Vision

The TECHLAV Center will serve as a recognized national leader in control and autonomy to develop tools, techniques, and algorithms for modelling, analysis, control, coordination, testing, evaluation of large scale systems of autonomous vehicles, and to provide advanced education in autonomy related areas. The Center will facilitate interdisciplinary research and education, and collaboration of academia, private industry, and government agencies to develop basic research programs and intellectual property.

The technology transfer role of the Center will include workshops, seminars and demonstration projects designed to move the new technologies from the laboratory to industry as well as to educate technical personnel and managers on the opportunities and uses of the new technologies.

The culmination of these activities will be increased national and regional economic growth fostered by the development, adoption, and effective use of new control, information, and energy technologies.

Job Opportunities

 PhD and MS positions are available at the ACIT Institute   


  •  Recent B.S. in related fields
  •  Demonstrated experience in areas related to TECHLAV research Thrust
  •  Recent M.S. in areas related to TECHLAV research Thrusts is desired for PhD applicants.
  •  U.S. citizenship or permanent residency is desired. Minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply

 To apply, submit the following:

  • Your curriculum vitae (C.V.) including publications (if any)
  • Statement of purpose including relevant background courses and interests in the indicated research Thrust
  • Contact information (e-mail and phone) of two references
  • Academic Transcripts
  • A one-page abstract of your master’s thesis, if applicable          


Dr. Abdollah (Ebbie) Homaifar
Center Director
Office: 336-285-3709;
Lab: 336-285-3271;
North Carolina A & T State University

Shahrzad (Shar) Seyedin
Program Manager
North Carolina A&T State University
Office: (336) 285-3271