About us

Our foundation


To contribute to the revival of scientific innovation and education in Armenia with the aim of building an Autonomy Centre of Excellence

Goals and Objectives

  • Conduct fundamental research in the Science of Autonomy by leveraging the latest developments in Control Theory and Artificial Intelligence for applications in robotics and autonomous systems;
  • Educate scholars and students in formulation of cutting edge research problems and shaping the competitive mindset;
  • Leverage the international network of scholars to build the Global Armenian Robotics Hub;
  • Recruit new faculty from top universities of the world through government initiatives.

The Aerial Robotics Laboratory is located at Armenian National Polytechnic University. It is a state-of-the-art educational and research facility. It can host scientists and researchers to implement modern educational and research programs by using the facility and tools in line with international standards. The total area of the lab is 600 square meters of the usable area that is fully renovated. The laboratory itself has a 10 X 10 X 3 m3 volume, equipped with motion capture systems and software developed by the famous British Vicon Motion Capture System.  Vicon complex designed for aerial robotics laboratories contains twenty Vero V2.2 optical cameras that work in the infrared circuits, a special Vicon Mocap workstation and powerful computers for digital signal processing that are located in a special area and provide a large-scale servicing of the work area, secured by nets. That system enables to capture in real time of the number of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) functioning in the work area and the movements of other mechanical objects with an accuracy of millimeters and can significantly accelerate the design and construction processing of miscellaneous UAVs and processes of research experiments. 
The special workstation of Vicon Mocap processes the obtained signals from the studied objects in real-time a real-time moving object 3-D model is the depiction of the nodes. Parameters characterizing the movement of that model are constantly sent to the applied computer or computers. 
The opportunities of the center create the prerequisites for the complete implementation of the bachelor’s and master’s programs in respective professional directions.     

Our advisers

Rafi Baghdjian


Rafi served as an executive at Shell for 35 years, gaining expertise in the technical, commercial, and leadership aspects of the energy business through ten assignments across the globe, until 2017. From late 2017 to early 2020, he held the position of CEO at the IDeA Foundation. Presently, Rafi serves as an advisor to various foundations, including CSIE, Aznavour Foundation, and the Armenian Bioinformatics Institute. Additionally, he delivers lectures worldwide, drawing from 60 real-life stories and events from his tenure at Shell, encompassing Cultural Navigation, Deal Making, and Strategic Leadership. His lectures are based on 45 distinct ...

Naira Hovakimyan

Scientific Adviser

Naira Hovakimyan received her MS degree in Applied Mathematics from Yerevan State University in Armenia. She got her Ph.D. in Physics and Mathematics from the Institute of Applied Mathematics of Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow. She is currently W. Grafton and Lillian B. Wilkins Professor of Mechanical Science and Engineering and the Director of AVIATE Center of UIUC. She has co-authored two books, eleven patents and more than 450 refereed publications. She is the 2011 recipient of AIAA Mechanics and Control of Flight Award, the 2015 recipient of SWE Achievement Award, the 2017 recipient of IEEE CSS Award for Technical Excellence in Aero...