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Autonomous, Collaborative, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Search and Rescue

AMBROSE-THURMAN, ANDREW,MICHAEL,LUKE (2014) Autonomous, Collaborative, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Search and Rescue. Doctoral thesis, Durham University.

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Search and Rescue is a vitally important subject, and one which can be improved through the use of modern technology. This work presents a number of advances aimed towards the creation of a swarm of autonomous, collaborative, unmanned aerial vehicles for land-based search and rescue. The main advances are the development of a diffusion based search strategy for route planning, research into GPS (including the Durham Tracker Project and statistical research into altitude errors), and the creation of a relative positioning system (including discussion of the errors caused by fast-moving units). Overviews are also given of the current state of research into both UAVs and Search and Rescue.

Item Type:Thesis (Doctoral)
Award:Doctor of Philosophy
Keywords:UAVs; SAR; Search and Rescue; autonomy; collaboration; unmanned; diffusion; search strategy; route planning; GPS; trackers; altitude measurements; relative positioning
Faculty and Department:Faculty of Science > Engineering and Computing Science, School of (2008-2017)
Thesis Date:2014
Copyright:Copyright of this thesis is held by the author
Deposited On:28 May 2014 12:55

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