Dienstag, 8. April 2014 7:40
As part of our SINUS research project (http://uav.aau.at), NES is offering a joint master thesis with SenseFly (http://www.sensfly.com) – a leading drone company located in Lausanne, Switzerland. Interested students are requested to contact Prof. Bernhard Rinner.
senseFly Ltd, a spinoff of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in Lausanne, develops and commercialises mini-drones for civilian applications in the domain of 2D and 3D mapping. The maps generated with these drones are used for such applications as construction, mining logistics, forestry, conservation, crop monitoring or humanitarian aid. As part of its extensive research and development program, senseFly is looking for motivated engineers and programmers to develop, design, test and even release to market new hardware and software modules for our mini-drones. As an intern or master’s student, you will be integrated directly with our dynamic team of engineers and researchers working on new products on the cutting edge of aerial robotics. Projects have a duration of 6 months and can be tailored based on the competencies of the applicant.
The proposed thesis project involves the development of smart flight planning algorithms for swarms of fixed-wing eBee drones (https://www.sensefly.com/drones/ebee.html). Current planning algorithms split an area of interest into one or several flight plans based on an estimate of the time required to complete the flight. The goal of this project is to expand this algorithm to include dynamic re-planning during flight based on several factors, including remaining battery level, area covered, wind estimation, the number of drones in the air, etc. Algorithms will first be prototyped using a simulator and then tested in the air using several drones. If successful, the algorithms will be integrated into a future release of our flight planning software.
Interested students should have knowledge in programming (C++, experience with Qt a plus), mathematical modelling and communication protocols. Experience with drones is a plus. Please send your application including a current CV and your student records (Studienerfolgsnachweis) to email@example.com.