about us

“The Flight Systems and Control (FSC) is a research lab at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS). We focus on the following research theme: to discover innovative flight control solutions for intelligent aerial systems (including unmanned aerial systems) and autonomous aviation applications.

Our research team of bright minds has a passion for working on creative ideas, yet we stick to a systematic approach of realizing these ideas. We do this by developing the dynamic models (describing the aerial systems’ behaviour or aviation applications’ phenomenon) and custom building integrated control to achieve desired missions, supported by experimental proof-of-concept flight demonstrations.

We believe that flight control technology is an important component that is needed to increase intelligence and enable autonomy in aerial systems and aviation applications. We would like to make valuable contributions to that vision!”

Hugh H.T. Liu, BSE (Shanghai 1991), MSE (Beijing 1994), PhD (Toronto 1998), is a professor of the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies, where he has been on the faculty since 2000. He currently also serves as the Director of the Centre for Aerial Robotics Research and Education (CARRE). He is on several editorial boards, including the AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics and Unmanned Systems. Dr. Liu is a fellow of Engineering Institute of Canada, an Associate Fellow of AIAA, a Fellow of Canadian Society of Mechanical Engineers, and a registered Professional Engineer in Ontario, Canada.


To prospective students: the FSC group welcomes passionate and dedicated bright minds to join us in a stimulating and nurturing environment. Please follow the UTIAS admissions guidelines to apply for our graduate programs and please specify our research field on your application file, so that your application will be screened. All reviewed applicants will be contacted individually by Professor Liu to follow up with an interview or to receive feedback. Students pursuing PhD programs will be considered with priority.

Professor Hugh H.T. Liu
University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies
4925 Dufferin Street, Toronto, ON
phone: (+1) 416.667.7928
email: hugh (dot) liu (at) utoronto (dot) ca