Autonomous mapping of small-scale environmental phenomena using your hobby shop

Speaker: Sai Ravela, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

When: Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 3:30 p.m. Mountain Time CANCELLED due to illness
Location: Room 2A305, DSRC (NOAA Building), 325 Broadway, Boulder
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With a little effort and modification, hobby aircraft can be converted to sUAS that enables scientists to conduct field experiments with relative ease and at low cost. I will discuss the use of one such class of small unmanned aircraft for autonomous mapping small-scale environmental phenomena. I will describe simple data-driven models that enable autonomous information gathering in the field. I will discuss aircraft, their capabilities and instrumentation. As this is ongoing work, I will discuss missions including mapping Popocatepetl's plumes, shallow cumuli, pollution monitoring and animal tracking. This is joint work with Kerry Emanuel and Jon How.