Digitalized Search and Rescue

Reference number
Coordinator Linköpings universitet - Avdelningen för reglerteknik
Funding from Vinnova SEK 2 431 000
Project duration May 2018 - June 2019
Status Ongoing
Venture Framtidens drönare
Call Drönare för individer och samhälle

Purpose and goal

The goal of the project "Digitalized Search and Rescue" is to develop and demonstrate the technology needed to create an automated drone system for search and rescue operations. The purpose is to lay the ground for the development of an easy-to-use autonomous drone system that can supports rescue personnel to conduct efficient and safe search and rescue operations in all types of scenarios, environments, and weather conditions.

Expected results and effects

The expected outcome of the project is, in addition to the technical development of localization and planning methods, a demonstration platform that shows the potential application and use of an autonomous drone system during search and rescue operations. The demonstration platform will form the basis for the creation of an easy-to-use autonomous drone system that meets the needs and demands of the end-users, i.e., the rescue personnel.

Planned approach and implementation

The project is divided into 5 work packages (WPs). WP 1-3 is about the development of sensor-fusion methods that can be used to locate missing persons. Experiments for collecting data will take place during the summer of 2018. This data will form the basis for the algorithm development. Packet 4 is about developing planning methods for creating an autonomous drone system. Development of these methods will initially take place at Linköping University´s test arena for drones. Packet 5 is about the user perspective and will be conducted with the aid of Recco´s partner network.

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