UAV-based mapping and remote sensing technology is a rapidly growing field, with applications that are transforming a broad range of industry and academic sectors. The U-Discovery group facilitates the application of UAVs in the earth, environmental and atmospheric sciences by maintaining a fleet of remotely controlled aircraft and sensors, providing training and actively developing powerful analytical techniques and sensors. Active areas of research include:
- Next generation environmental and geophysical sensors for UAV systems.
- Automated and computer assisted data interpretation using artificial intelligence (AI) and computer vision.
- Autonomous flight and real-time mapping in confined spaces such as tunnels, mines and below forest canopy.
- Rapidly adaptive surveying using intelligent UAV swarms.