JRM Vol.35 No.4 pp. 1084-1091
doi: 10.20965/jrm.2023.p1084


Autonomous Navigation System for Multi-Quadrotor Coordination and Human Detection in Search and Rescue

Jeane Marina Dsouza* ORCID Icon, Rayyan Muhammad Rafikh*,** ORCID Icon, and Vishnu G. Nair***,† ORCID Icon

*Department of Mechatronics, Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal Academy of Higher Education
Manipal, Karnataka 576104, India

**Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Sultan Qaboos University
Al Khawd, Muscat 123, Oman

***Department of Aeronautical and Automobile Engineering, Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal Academy of Higher Education
Manipal, Karnataka 576104, India

Corresponding author

November 3, 2022
May 18, 2023
August 20, 2023
disaster management, convolutional neural network, deep learning, multi-robot coordination, region partitioning

There are many methodologies assisting in the detection and tracking of trapped victims in the context of disaster management. Disaster management in the aftermath of such sudden occurrences requires preparedness in terms of technology, availability, accessibility, perception, training, evaluation, and deployability. This can be achieved through intensive test, evaluation and comparison of different techniques that are alternative to each other, eventually covering each module of the technology used for the search and rescue operation. Intensive research and development by academia and industry have led to an increased robustness of deep learning techniques such as the use of convolutional neural networks, which has resulted in increased reliance of first responders on the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology equipped with state-of-the-art computers to process real-time sensory information from cameras and other sensors in quest of possibility of life. In this paper, we propose a method to implement simulated detection of life in the sudden onset of disasters with the help of a deep learning model, and simultaneously implement multi-robot coordination between the vehicles with the use of a suitable region-partitioning technique to further expedite the operation. A simulated test platform was developed with parameters resembling real-life disaster environments using the same sensors.

UAV deployment and uncertainty profile

UAV deployment and uncertainty profile

Cite this article as:
J. Dsouza, R. Rafikh, and V. Nair, “Autonomous Navigation System for Multi-Quadrotor Coordination and Human Detection in Search and Rescue,” J. Robot. Mechatron., Vol.35 No.4, pp. 1084-1091, 2023.
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