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Project: Fleet of dRones for radIological inspEction, commuNication anD reScue

Acronym: FRIENDS
Main Objective: The quick characterization of the geographic extent of radiological contamination is a key problem in hazard scenarios, such as nuclear terrorism and accidents, for the guarantee of public health. This project addresses this challenging problem by proposing a fleet of drones to perform this characterization. In particular, we will focus on these challenges: (1) real-time mapping of both the scenario and the contamination level of a given area, (2) autonomous and cooperative navigating a fleet of autonomous drones, covering this area in an optimal way, in closed loop with the real-time construction of the contamination map, while maintaining exposure of the drones to radiation at a safe level, and (3) assuring an effective and resilient wireless data communication among the drones and the ground station. The advances in the state of the art that we expect to achieve in this project will be validated using real drones using real (but low level) radiation sources.
Reference: PTDC/EEI-ROB/28799/2017
Funding: FCT/COMPETE/FEDER
Start Date: 01-10-2018
End Date: 01-10-2021
Team: Susana Isabel Barreto de Miranda Sargento, André Braga Reis
Groups: Network Architectures and Protocols – Av
Partners: IPFN - IST, ISR - IST, C2TN - IST, ISCTE
Local Coordinator: Susana Isabel Barreto de Miranda Sargento
Links: https://www.ipfn.tecnico.ulisboa.pt/FRIENDS/index.html
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