The project aims to utilize unmanned aerial vehicles in order to detect forest fires. UAVs will be equipped with radiometric thermal cameras for measuring ground temperature. Once a fire is detected the information about the location and temperature of the fire including images of the fire will be transferred to a ground station in order to help fire crews to deal with the fire quickly and efficiently.
Additional Scientific Information
The project will be split into a number of development phases including flying a UAV autonomously, based on GPS, integrating a thermal camera on the UAV, followed by complete system tests. No actual fires will be set during the tests and fires will be simulated by black body radiators.
Principal Investigator: Hugh Liu
Researcher(s): Denys Bohdanov