Center for Applied Physics, Control, and Optimization (CAPCO)

CAPCO's goal is to build and sustain virtual strategic clusters of advanced research based on complex nonmainstream results in applied physics and applied mathematics, especially in nonlinear control and optimization.

Although the research is conducted under the center umbrella due to its highly mathematical nature, it can be classified as “fundamental.” Still, the expectation is that it should have almost immediate impact by creating advanced technologies in aerospace and other high-tech areas and integrated engineering solutions for creating new hardware systems.

The center is currently focused (but not limited) on the following areas of technologies: completely autonomous systems (ground, air and/or space based), human-in-the-loop systems, and feedback and optimization algorithms for industry. The center funding comes through strong industry collaboration, donations, and high-risk/high-reward private investors.

The center researchers include ERAU faculty and their students (from undergraduate to Ph.D. level), as well as research associates, post-docs, and collaborators from other universities and research organizations. The center projects come from needs of practice, for example, from industry collaboration or from innovative ideas generated by the center researchers.

Lab Information

Location:  COAS Building 421.01 and Lab 412

Contact Us: To speak to someone about this lab or any of our facilities, call us at 386-226-6100 or 800-862-2416, or email