High-Bay Rooms

The Martin Complex’s two high-bay testing spaces are rooms with 25-foot ceilings, which allow users to conduct experiments and equipment tests that may be safer, easier to control or otherwise advantageous in an indoor environment. 

A similar high-bay space in the Edward B. Fort Interdisciplinary Research Center has been critical to development of A&T’s leading position among higher education peers in drone research, as well as to the success of multiple A&T autonomous vehicle research centers.  

The Martin Complex high bays triple the number of such spaces on-campus and are expected to speed work on multiple projects. For instance, an interdisciplinary team led by Abdollah Homaifar, Ph.D., a NASA Langley Distinguished Professor in the College of Engineering to address traffic congestion by developing, testing and eventually deploying air passenger taxis as a supplemental means of transportation. The team’s work is being funded by a four-year, $8-million award from NASA. 

The high bays will also host projects associated with: 

  • The Autonomous Control and Information Technology Institute, or ACIT 
  • Testing, Evaluation and Control of Heterogeneous Large Scale of Autonomous Vehicles or TECHLAV, a U.S. Department of Defense Center of Excellence in Autonomy   


First Floor High Bay: Facility for Intelligent Robotics, Sensing, and Telepresence (FIRST)

Coordinators: Drs. Sun Yi, Salil Desai and Ali Karimoddini.

Hosted research infrastructure:
  • Vehicle-in-the-loop simulator
  • Ground penetrating radar (GPR)
  • A humanoid robot


Third Floor High Bay: Autonomous Flight Systems Laboratory

Coordinators: Drs. Ali Karimoddini and Sun Yi

Hosted research infrastructure:

  • A state-of-the-art localization system along with different types of UAVs