Academy of Finland
Funding decision
Applicant / Contact person Gabbouj, Moncef
Organisation Tampere University
Project title Autonomous Drones Supporting Maritime Search and Rescue
Decision No. 328754
Decision date 04.09.2019
Funding period 01.01.2020 - 31.12.2022
Funding 301 022
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Project description
Rescue vessels are the main actors in maritime safety and rescue operations. Aerial drones bring a significant advantage into this scenario. Therefore, AutoSOS develops an autonomous multi-robot search and rescue assistance platform capable of sensor fusion and object detection in embedded devices using novel lightweight AI models. The platform performs reconnaissance missions for initial assessment of the environment using novel adaptive deep learning algorithms that efficiently use the available sensors and computational resources on drones and rescue vessel. When drones find potential objects, they will send their sensor data to the vessel to verity the findings with increased accuracy. The actual rescue and treatment operation are left as the responsibility of the rescue personnel. The drones will autonomously reconfigure their spatial distribution to enable multi-hop communication, when a direct connection between a drone transmitting information and the vessel is unavailable.