Drones that can monitor environments such as nature reserves for weeks on end, are no longer a far-off prospect: At the initiative of the California Institute of Technology, or Caltech for short (Pasadena, USA), five researchers, including three from the University of Klagenfurt, have now applied for a new technology patent in the USA.
Stephan Weiss and Christian Brommer (from the Control of Networked Systems research group) have received the award in the category “Research Institutions” for their innovation “Modular Sensor Fusion”. The award was presented on 27 April by State Governor Peter Kaiser and KWF Executive Director Sandra Venus.
Inertial navigation systems can be used to estimate the position, orientation and speed of robots. The Klagenfurt robotics researcher Alessandro Fornasier is working on more accurate and robust algorithms for inertial navigation systems and has recently published two papers together with international colleagues in which new approaches are presented.
Typically, drone flight data is generated under laboratory conditions – thus limiting its use for real-world application development. A team of researchers from Klagenfurt, working with two researchers from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, has now published the first large pool of real-world measurement data. The data was generated in and around the Klagenfurt drone hall and in the context of the AMADEE20 Mars simulation in Israel.