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Designing a System for Navigating Small Drones in Tight Spaces

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Friday, January 24, 2014
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12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Missy Cummings ยท Duke Mechanical Engineering, ECE, DIBS
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Drones are becoming increasingly prevalent in a variety of civilian applications, and advanced control systems have blurred the line between a toy drone and one that can be used for commercial purposes. With their increasing use, there is a need to develop better collision avoidance systems for minimally-trained personnel. In order to address this problem, the Collision and Obstacle Detection and Alerting (CODA) display was designed and integrated into a smartphone-based MAV control interface, which uses a combination of visual and haptic alerts to warn the operator of potential obstacles in the environment. This talk will discuss the design and evaluation of the CODA display, which proved to be very effective in reducing crashes. However, men significantly outperformed women in all tasks and the importance of spatial reasoning ability in these settings will be discussed in detail.

Contact: Angela Zoss