Improving the Safety of Autonomous Operations of Small Unmanned Vehicles in Urban Areas – Presented by Zhen Zhu, East Carolina University

Improving the Safety of Autonomous Operations of Small Unmanned Vehicles in Urban Areas – Presented by Zhen Zhu, East Carolina University, at the Unmanned Cargo Aircraft Conference, on Mar 20, 2018, North Carolina Global Transpark.

UAS operations in an urban area faces a few challenges such as object detection and avoidance, mapping of the local environment, autonomous navigation and control. Solution to these problems often require an accurate and reliable real-time estimation of vehicle position, velocity, timing and orientation. On a small UAS, such estimation is typically made available by the onboard navigator that combines satellite navigation with inertial sensors. In an urban environment, however, satellite navigation is not always available or reliable. Recent development in navigation and robotics industries may help improve the performance.


What drives you?

Promote the safety of unmanned systems.

What emerging technologies/trends do you see as having the greatest potential in the short and long run?

Sensor integration for low-cost unmanned systems.

What kind of impact do you expect them to have?

Improve the safety of autonomous operations in a cluttered environment.

What are the barriers that might stand in the way?

Cost and weight; liability

What do you hope people to learn from your presentation?

Emergency sensing technology used for urban navigation.

About Unmanned Cargo Aircraft Conference
This 6th edition of the conference organized by Jakajima will be hosted by US Cargo and North Carolina Global Transpark and is supported by Platform Unmanned Cargo Aircraft.

Scope: The Conference aims to bring together manufacturers, operators, knowledge institutes, consultants and government organizations active in the upcoming field of unmanned cargo aircraft.

Unmanned Cargo Aircraft (UCA) are a relatively new phenomenon; the first UCA service is to be started in Kenya this year. UCA offer the potential to transport loads of 1 to 10 tons or more over both short and long distances, on routes that are unfeasible or uneconomical for other modes of transport.

During the conference, internationally renowned speakers will introduce UCA development projects and potential applications.

Topics to be covered are:

  • UCA business models: how to earn money with UCA?
  • UCA configurations: what could – and should – UCA look like?
  • Regulation: where are UCA allowed to fly, and under which conditions?
  • Societal benefits: what can UCA contribute to economic and social development?
  • Industrial participation: how can UCA contribute to innovation and what opportunities do they generate for new enterprises?
  • Market analysis

Target group: Shippers | Carriers | Harbour authorities | Research institutions | Military | Ship manufacturers | System Integrators | ICT suppliers | Logistic service suppliers | Entrepreneurs | Investors | Airports | Governmental Institutions | Cargo Companies | Fulfilment companies | Retailers | E-tailers | Consultants

It is a unique opportunity to exchange ideas and network with this pioneering community of unmanned cargo researchers, engineers, business developers and end-users.

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