Bryan Carbaugh

Bryan  Carbaugh
MIT AeroAstro | Lincoln Laboratory Undergraduate Research and Innovation Scholar
Advisor: Nicholas Roy
Department: EECS
Areas of Research: Aeronautics
Years: 2018-2019
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.
About:

"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."