The Air Force Center of Excellence on
Nature-Inspired Flight Technologies and Ideas

The Air Force Center of Excellence on Nature-Inspired Flight Technologies and Ideas (NIFTI) focuses on revealing principles of design and architecture in natural systems in order to inspire the next generation of autonomous systems capable of flight in complex environments.  NIFTI’s multi-institute team of researchers brings expertise in engineering, neuroscience, animal behavior, and computational approaches to collectively “reverse engineer” the processes by which natural systems accomplish challenging flight-related behaviors.