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Project TypeMQP
Submission date2012-04-26
  • Andrew W Brown, ID
  • Jonathan G Estabrook, RBE
  • Brian Evan Franklin, ECE
  • URNE-project-042612-114154
    TitleSensor Processing and Path Planning Framework for a Search and Rescue UAV Network
  • Wyglinski, Alexander, EE
  • Padir, Taskin, EE
  • Availability unrestricted


    Search and rescue operations are a costly endeavour. The advent of new technologies, such as unmanned aerial vehicles, can decrease the cost of such operations and increase rescue rates by finding the lost individual in a faster manner. The issue currently faced is how to develop and deploy such a system comprised of multiple UAVs. This report describes a framework which, through the use of modular components, provides for the autonomous search and detection of a target with the flexibility to change hardware and mission specific components at will. This framework integrates multi-agent path planning, wireless communication and coordination, and on board sensor processing, fusing an FPGA, DSP, and software platform for maximum flexibility with real time performance.

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