Title: Technological Challenges and Applications of UAVs
Abstract: Current applications of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) range from precision agriculture, search and rescue, infrastructure inspection to parcel delivery and marine mammal monitoring. Each of these applications present their challenges in terms of autonomy and data processing. In this talk, I will present several examples of UAV applications outlining the main subsystems involved in them, paying particular attention to the current challenges in real-time onboard processing and outdoor/indoor navigation.
Bio: Luis Mejias is an Associate Professor in Autonomous Systems at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). He has been researcher and Deputy Director of the QUT - Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation (ARCAA). He holds degrees in Electronic Engineering (BEng), Msc. in Networks and Telecommunication Systems, PhD in Robotics and Autonomous Systems and a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education. He specialises in UAVs covering many aspects related to this field such as navigation, control theory, path planning, image processing and vision-based control amongst others. His research is related to the development of automation technologies that enable unmanned aircraft to perform tasks with minimal user supervision. He is particularly motivated by the development of enabling technologies that allows seamless usage of unmanned aircraft in society.