Unmanned aerial systems are being implemented in a wide variety of applications. Two universities in particular are conducting research projects that deploy quadcopters to work with people and curb poaching in Africa.
In this new University Update section of Military Embedded Systems magazine, we will be focusing on one military-related university project per issue. This issue focuses on the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) lidar project. The GTRI research and development program’s goal is to produce a smaller, lightweight, real-time bathymetric lidar that can be deployed on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) rather than the heavy manned vehicles they currently require, cutting cost and time. In the following Q&A, we spoke with Grady Tuell, the developer of GTRI’s lidar technology and the principal research scientist leading the work. Edited excerpts follow.