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Human Body Detection and Geolocalization for UAV Search and Rescue Missions Using Color and Thermal Imagery

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2 Author(s)
Rudol, P. ; Dept. of Comput. & Inf. Sci., Linkoping Univ., Linkoping ; Doherty, P.

Recent advances in the field of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) make flying robots suitable platforms for carrying sensors and computer systems capable of performing advanced tasks. This paper presents a technique which allows detecting humans at a high frame rate on standard hardware onboard an autonomous UAV in a real-world outdoor environment using thermal and color imagery. Detected human positions are geolocated and a map of points of interest is built. Such a saliency map can, for example, be used to plan medical supply delivery during a disaster relief effort. The technique has been implemented and tested on-board the UAVTech1 autonomous unmanned helicopter platform as a part of a complete autonomous mission. The results of flight- tests are presented and performance and limitations of the technique are discussed.

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Aerospace Conference, 2008 IEEE

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1-8 March 2008