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LINA: Shared Large-scale Infrastructure for the Development and Safe Testing of Autonomous Systems

LINA provides the operational basis of a real and virtual infrastructure for research, development and safe testing of autonomous systems in the canton of Zurich in an internationally unique test setup. The LINA Hub is the place where international experts from science and industry gather to shape the future in an interdisciplinary way and to educate society about the civilian applications of autonomous systems.

The LINA consortium was founded to realise this vision. It consists of three DIZH institutions: the Zurich University of Applied Sciences with the Center for Aviation (ZHAW/CAV) and the Center for Artificial Intelligence (ZHAW/CAI), the University of Zurich (UZH) and the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK). In addition, the LINA consortium is complemented by four types of practice partners: implementation partners, test partners, equipment and service providers, and future user:s who have already committed to using the structure.

The Centre for Research and Development of Autonomous Systems comprises three test arenas: an outdoor digital cage ensuring that UAS can be tracked and safely operated under Light Unmanned Aircraft Operator Certificate (LUC) conditions in the low airspace of Dübendorf and within the confines of the digital cage, an outdoor physical cage with a safety net, an indoor tracking arena with a large-scale, high-precision position tracking system and a wind tunnel facility for autonomous systems research and prototype development. In addition, LINA provides a booking and planning system that is closely aligned with the test arenas, current and future needs and the overall LUC application to ensure the highest level of safety. All stakeholders around the airspace and airfield of Zurich-Dübendorf – in particular the Swiss Air Force, REGA and blue light organisations – as well as the Federal Office of Civil Aviation FOCA and other regulatory authorities are closely involved in the development of the booking and flight planning system.

LINA enables cooperation between different actors and promotes public education and awareness of the benefits of autonomous systems.

Core team: 

Prof. Dr. Michel Guillaume, ZHAW School of Engineering, Zentrum für Aviatik

Prof. Dr. Davide Scaramuzza, UZH Institut für Informatik

Prof. Dr. Thilo Stadelmann, ZHAW School of Engineering, Centre for Artificial Intelligence

Max Rheiner, ZHdK Interaction Design

Academic partner:

Prof. Dr. Marco Hutter, ETHZ Robotics Systems Lab

 Prof. Dr. Roland Siegwart, ETHZ Autonomous Systems Lab

Prof. Dr. Marc Pollefeys, ETHZ Computer Vision and Geometry Lab

Prof. Dr. Dario Floreano, EPFL Laboratory of Intelligent Systems

Running time: 2022 – 2027