Embedded Reconfigurable Processing for UAV Applications
CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIV CLEVELAND OH
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The unmanned aerial vehicles UAVs have been around for many years. UAVs provide invaluable support for military missions particularly for surveillance, terrain mapping, target identification, and more. UAVs can potentially be applied to non military applications such as early forest fire detection, weather situations and others. The UAV technology has improved over the years in terms of materials, engines, aeronautics and controls. This has resulted in dramatically size decrease, improved speed, payload, endurance, operation range and reliability. But more importantly, advances in electronics and computer technology has produced new intelligent UAVs that can perform onboard processing, imaging and networking with each other in autonomous group flyers. The key enabling technologies for these developments are embedded reconfigurable processing, wireless networking and advanced imaging. In this lecture we provide some background for these technologies and also discuss research developments that affect or will affect UAVs in the near term.
- Pilotless Aircraft