In this BMWi-funded project, multiple consortium partners work on developing an autonomous UAV to assist in search and rescue missions. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) equipped with cameras have emerged into an important asset in a wide range of fields, such as agriculture, delivery, surveillance, and search and rescue (SAR) missions. In particular, UAVs are capable of assisting in SAR missions due to their fast and versatile applicability while providing an overview over the scene. Especially in maritime scenarios, where wide areas need to be quickly overseen and searched, the efficient use of autonomous UAVs is crucial. Among the most challenging issues in this application scenario is the detection, localization, and tracking of people in open water. The small size of people relative to large search radii and the variability in viewing angles and altitudes require robust vision-based systems.
We develop computer vision systems for on- and off-board processing to automatically detect objects of interest. Please see the following works for further information:
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This project is funded by the German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Project Avalon, FKZ: 03SX481B.