Research Project Title:
Scientific Surveying of Endangered Plant Species with UAVs
abstract:I will be working with CSAIL’s Robust Robotics Group and the National Tropical Botanical Garden of Hawaii to develop a UAV system to autonomously survey and collect detailed information about endangered Hawaiian plant species. Our approach is to augment a preexisting quadcopter drone hardware platform with high level mission-executing software. The software will be divided into three main components: intelligent mission planning, image classification of plant species, and viewpoint planning for detailed landscape surveying, of which I’ll be primarily focused on developing the latter. My goal is to design a system to iteratively develop a probabilistic 3D mesh of the Hawaiian landscape from the UAV's sensor data and use this model to direct the drone to investigate areas of interest.
"I couldn't be more excited to participate in SuperUROP both as a way to learn the fundamentals of applied research and as an opportunity to dive deep into the technical challenges of software design, controls, and artificial intelligence associated with this project. I also hope to use this SuperUROP experience as preparation to make a significant impact with a meaningful project and thesis in the Course 6 MEng program next year."