UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, aka., Drones) technology is today one of the most demanding monitoring tools for agriculture and nature conservation.
Nevertheless, airborne technology is still very complex, and a hurdle to non-expert users. There is an eminent need to investigate further on how to bridge the gap between UAV technology and non-expert users, like farmers and crop producers.
A new facility hosted by the Information Technology Group at the Social Sciences Group (SSG) named the Social Artificial Intelligent Drones (SAID) Lab (aka., Social Drones Lab) is now opened to address this problem.
The vision of SAID Lab is to have a research facility that develops Artificial Intelligence (AI) approaches applied to Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) to leverage the interaction between people and airborne technology.
Our mission to contribute to research excellence is:
· Design AI approaches that translate raw UAV data in practical information that can be understood by non-expert users.
· Explore famer-UAV interaction tools, e.g., combined with Internet of Things (IoT), that ease the usage of UAVs.
· Develop AI data fusion approaches, e.g., multiple sensors, to support farmers decision-making in real-time.
· Boost the adoption of off-the-shelf robotic farming systems.
· Boost UAV technology education, e.g., workshops, MOOCs.
· Promote circular economy and engineering with recycled materials.
The SAID Lab is also a sister facility of the Unmanned Aerial Remote Sensing Facility (UARSF) which is hosted by the Laboratory of Geo-Information Sciences and Remote Sensing (GRS) - Environmental Sciences Group (ESG). SAID and UARSF complement each other and envision stepping towards the employment of autonomous and more intelligent vehicles for remote sensing the environment.