Design and construction of a prototype of an unmanned aerial vehicle equipped with artificial vision for the search of people

  • Andrés Espinal Rojas Institución Universitaria Antonio José Camacho, Cali
  • Andrés Arango Espinal Institución Universitaria Antonio José Camacho, Cali
  • Luis Ramos Institución Universitaria Antonio José Camacho, Cali
  • Jorge Humberto Erazo Aux Institución Universitaria Antonio José Camacho / Universidad del Valle, Cali
Keywords: Drone, UAV, image processing, flight control, MultiWii, facial recognition.

Abstract

This paper describes the development and implementation of a six-pointed Unmanned Aerial Vehicle [UAV] prototype, designed for finding lost people in hard to access areas, using Arduino MultiWii platform. A platform capable of performing a stable flight to identify people through an on-board camera and an image processing algorithm was developed. Although the use of UAV represents a low cost and quick response –in terms of displacement– solution, capable to prevent or reduce the number of deaths of lost people in away places, also represents a technological challenge, since the recognition of objects from an aerial view is difficult, due to the distance of the UAV to the objective, the UAV’s position and its constant movement. The solution proposed implements an aerial device that performs the image capture, wireless transmission and image processing while it is in a controlled and stable flight.

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Author Biographies

Andrés Espinal Rojas, Institución Universitaria Antonio José Camacho, Cali
Technologist in Electronic from Universidad del Valle (Palmira, Colombia) and Electronic Engineer from Institución Universitaria Antonio José Camacho (Cali, Colombia)
Andrés Arango Espinal, Institución Universitaria Antonio José Camacho, Cali
Technologist in Electronic from Universidad del Valle (Palmira, Colombia) and Electronic Engineer from Institución Universitaria Antonio José Camacho (Cali, Colombia)
Luis Ramos, Institución Universitaria Antonio José Camacho, Cali

Technologist in Electronic from Universidad del Valle (Palmira, Colombia) and Electronic Engineer from Institución Universitaria Antonio José Camacho (Cali, Colombia)

 

Jorge Humberto Erazo Aux, Institución Universitaria Antonio José Camacho / Universidad del Valle, Cali

Electronic Engineer (2014), Master in Engineering with emphasis in Electronics (2010) and student of the Doctorate in Engineering with emphasis in Electrics and Electronics of the Universidad del Valle. Full time and auxiliary professor affiliated to the engineering faculty of the Institución Universitaria Antonio José Camacho (Cali-Colombia). Thermography professional level I and II of the Infrared Training Center – ITC (2007 and 2011). His areas of interest are: thermography, artificial vision, digital signal processing, and pattern recognition 

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Published
2017-08-01
Section
Original Research