Peng Wei [CV]
Assistant Professor
Black and Veatch Faculty Fellow
Department of Aerospace Engineering
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (by courtesy)
Department of Computer Science (by courtesy)
Iowa State University

FAA Center of Excellence for General Aviation (PEGASAS)
Virtual Reality Applications Center (VRAC)

I am an assistant professor in Iowa State University Aerospace Engineering Department, with courtesy appointments in Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and Computer Science Department. I am also an affiliated faculty member with the FAA Center of Excellence for General Aviation (PEGASAS), and the Human Computer Interaction graduate program at Virtual Reality Applications Center (VRAC) at ISU. I am leading the Intelligent Aerospace Systems Lab (IASL). You can download my CV here.

Research Interests

With methods from Control, Optimization, Statistical Machine Learning, and Artificial Intelligence, I develop autonomous and human-in-the-loop decision making systems for aeronautics, aviation and aerial robotics. Recent applications include:

  • Air Traffic Control/Management (ATC/M)

  • Airline Operations

  • UAS Traffic Management (UTM)

  • eVTOL Urban Air Mobility (UAM)

  • Autonomous Drone Racing (ADR)


  • Aug. 2018, our graduate student Priyank won the Best Paper Award in 2018 IEEE/CSAA GNCC.

  • July 2018, our graduate student Marc won the Best Paper Award in ICRAT18.

  • May 2018, our graduate students received internship opportunities from NASA Ames Research Center, MIT Lincoln Lab, American Airlines, TuSimple, and the FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center.

  • Feb. 2018, I started serving as an associate editor for AIAA Journal of Aerospace Information Systems.

  • July 2017, our group received a 3-year $1M grant from National Science Foundation to develop an intelligent low-altitude air traffic management system prototype to accommodate future on-demand air traffic such as on demand urban air mobility and autonomous cargo delivery.

  • June 2017, our group is funded by Airbus A^3 to study research topics on Urban Air Mobility.


2333 Howe Hall, Ames, IA 50011
Tel: (515)294-8215


Office hours: Wednesday and Friday 11:00am-12:00pm
Teaching schedule: AERE574 (2019 Spring)

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