Autonomous Drones for Real-Time Fire Mapping
Wildfires is one of the deadliest and most pollutive symptoms of our climate crisis. Every year the numbers and ferocity of wildfires are growing, and in 2021, global wildfires emitted 148% CO2 emissions of the entire EU fossil fuel emission. Firefighters are struggling to keep up with the growing threat, and are trying above all else to get an overview of the wildfires in order to allocate their resources for the biggest punch. Unfortunately, current methods for wildfire mapping is heavily reliant on helicopters and planes. This method produces inaccurate data, and is highly expensive.
Utilizing edge-computing and AI, autonomous drones can be sent to gather data on wildfires, operating day and night, providing incident commanders with real-time actionable data on the location, size, direction, and local weather information. This seminar will revolve around the technology that allows for firefighters to gain the upper hand, and how this state-of-the-art robotics will change current wildfire operations.