Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Smart Structures, School of Computing Engineering and Mathematics, Western Sydney University, Australia. His research interests cover Industry 4.0, Additive Manufacturing, Advanced Engineering Materials and Structures (Metals and Composites), Multi-scale Modelling of Materials and Structures, Metal Forming and Metal Surface Treatment.
Abstract—As the 4th Industrial Revolution being underway, many research works on drones have been actively conducted. One of the most important part of the drone technology is now dwelling on the autonomous identification and avoidance of obstacles during the flight. In usual cases, drones are following the waypoints designated before the flight by relying on the GPS signals. However, when drones are approaching the designated landing site, there might be obstacles and unforeseen objects that may critically jeopardize the safe landing of the drones. Therefore, the safe landing of the drone is becoming a very important issue. In this respect, this study investigates the possibility of applying artificial intelligence (AI) techniques to the drone, in order to enhance the safety. By integrating image sensors, AI-enabled object recognition, and drone flight control computer altogether, the drones can be more safely landed without the fear of being overturned or critically damaged due to unexpected obstacles during the landing phase of the flight.
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