Syracuse researchers learning to make smarter drones

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SU Drone Test

A team made up of Syracuse University researchers and GENIUS NY finalist Akrobotix are working on a way to make drones smarter.

They are using a 30 X 40-foot fenced in area at the Syracuse Center of Excellence to conduct their work.

The space has 8 strategically positioned sensors to record data from both machines they’ve built and current market drones.

Amit Sanyal is a professor in the SU College of Engineering and Computer Science and one of the lead researchers on the project.

“Is it doing what it’s supposed to do or is it crashing into something, so it’s those out of control scenarios that we want to investigate.”  Sanyal says.

They are working to make smarter drones that will be able to safely find their way even if they lose their signal or run into a problem.

Akrobotix Founder Sasi Prabhakaran says, “Hey that is a wind gust so I’m not going to fly anymore I’m just going to land in a safe corridor, and if I can think I have the capability to fly ahead then I will be going.  No system as of now is safe so we are making the safest system.”

Sanyal adds, “It does play into other applications that have some level of autonomy like driverless cars.” 

The facility at the Syracuse CoE is big enough to test single drones as well as teams of UAVs and possibly even ground vehicles that communicate with drones.

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