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Since it was founded by Prof. Alan F. lynch in 2001, the Applied Nonlinear Control Lab (ANCL) has researched the theory and application of nonlinear control. This field studies the analysis, prediction, and influence of systems described by nonlinear dynamics. These models capture complex behaviour for a broad range of applications. ANCL balances the derivation of nonlinear control theory with its application on test stands for experimental validation.

The application emphasis of ANCL is Robotics with a particular emphasis on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). Research on UAVs began in 2004 with a outdoor heavy-lift gas powered Bergen Industrial Twin Traditional helicopter which was modified for autonomous flight. Since 2010, we have have focused on multirotor UAVs which can be conveniently flown in our indoor flight arena at the University of Alberta.