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High-Accuracy Indoor Tracking and Augmented Sensing using Swarms of UAVs

PROJECTS
Funding
European
European Union
Duration
-
Status
Complete
Geo-spatial type
Other
Total project cost
€164 204
EU Contribution
€164 204
Project Acronym
AirSens
STRIA Roadmaps
Connected and automated transport (CAT)
Transport mode
Airborne icon
Transport policies
Safety/Security,
Deployment planning/Financing/Market roll-out

Overview

Call for proposal
H2020-MSCA-IF-2017
Link to CORDIS
Background & Policy context

In recent years, the need to enable location- and map-aware services in GPS-deprived environments has become increasingly important, especially after natural disasters events. At the same time, the possibility to form swarms of mini-robots is a very attractive solution for users’ mobiles positioning and for mapping of position-related physical quantities, not only for outdoor but also for indoor scenarios, e.g. assessing the status of buildings immediately after an earthquake. In this context, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) represent a good choice thanks to their flexibility, reconfigurability and advantageous line-of-sight propagation conditions. Despite UAVs’ potentials for indoor positioning, scholars and professionals have mostly considered and used them only for enabling outdoor applications.

Objectives

In this perspective, AirSens aims at analyzing the potentialities of swarms of UAVs for high-accuracy tracking and sensing in indoor contexts, by addressing three novel objectives: (1) the assessment of the swarms’ localization performance, even in infrastructure-less scenarios, by deriving the fundamental limits and considering energy-efficient solutions; (2) the investigation of swarms’ mapping capabilities, enhanced by crowd-sensing mechanisms; (3) the design of an information-seeking control for navigation (i.e. where the swarm should navigate to provide reliable position estimates) and formation (i.e. which specific swarm geometry can maximize the positioning performance).

Methodology

These objectives will be pursued through an innovative combination of theoretical and experimental analyses, possible thanks to the synergy between the researcher and her supervisors, experts in the fields of advanced signal processing (USA) and radio-localization (Italy), which perfectly matches the project vision. AirSens will also enhance the researcher technical and managerial skills thanks to multidisciplinary and ad-hoc training activities.

Funding

Specific funding programme
H2020-EU.1.3. - EXCELLENT SCIENCE - Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
H2020-EU.1.3.2. - Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility
Other Programme
MSCA-IF-2017 Individual Fellowships

Partners

Lead Organisation
Organisation
Alma Mater Studiorum - Universita Di Bologna
Address
Via Zamboni 33, 40126 Bologna, Italy
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€164 204
Partner Organisations
EU Contribution
€0

Technologies

Technology Theme
Sensor technologies
Technology
Wireless sensor network with autonomous nodes
Development phase
Research/Invention

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