The Lakeside Labs project cDrones performs research on networked unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and their application to emergency and disaster response. Current work focuses on UAV routing, image stitching, and system integration.
The video below demonstrates the following use case: An emergency response person specifies an area of interest in a map, and the system software computes appropriate waypoints and routes. Using GPS navigation, the UAVs autonomously overfly the specified area and deliver pictures to the ground station. The ground station runs an online image stitching algorithm creating a real-time update of the area map. In this way, the emergency assistants obtain an up-to-date overview image of the area. The service platform enables coordinated flights of multiple UAVs and is independent of the used UAV technology; it can also provide input to UAV simulations.