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U-Discovery: Drones and Analytics in Earth, Atmosphere and Environmental Research

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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.