Flying robot for exploration and observation with artificial intelligence from Bosphorus scientists

As unmanned aerial vehicle technologies have further developed in recent years, scientists from Boğaziçi University’s Microwave Radar and Communications Laboratory (MiRaCL) have developed a next-generation flying robot capable of reconnaissance supported by artificial intelligence. leader Boğaziçi University Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering Lecturer Assoc. Dr. Ahmet Oncu research assistant in the same department Yuck shoulder and graduate student Erol KayatasThe robot, which has been working for about two years, is intended for use in harsh conditions such as forest fires.


Boğaziçi University Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering Lecturer Assoc. Dr. Ahmet Öncü says that artificial intelligence technology will play a greater role in next-generation drone system solutions. Stating that thanks to this technology, the vehicle does not need human management, Assoc. Dr. Pioneer, “We anticipate that in the near future, many new technologies, applications and industries that can operate autonomously with advanced AI-supported radar, sensor and camera equipment will emerge. In our lab, we are monitoring many close the studies in this field and contribute to the development of technology.On the other hand, it takes time and effort to develop this technology and use it effectively in vehicles.The radar we have developed with systems like that the camera and lidar (technology that helps understand the distance of an object or surface using laser pulses) are also unique aspects of our vehicle.Thanks to the artificial intelligence we have developed, our robot is designed to be able to perform many tasks such as mapping the earth by intelligently processing data from the various sensors including i l has on him, no matter day or night. He will also be able to carry out the task himself by determining his route. he speaks.


Erol Kayataş, a graduate student who participated in the flying robot project supported by TÜBİTAK 1001 science and technology research projects, draws attention to the durability of the vehicle. It gives the following information about the development process of the vehicle, which can stay aloft in extreme windy conditions:

“The weather conditions in which you will use these vehicles are very important. The wind causes binding speeds and unwanted aircraft drag, especially at certain heights. When designing our vehicle, we want it to continue flying in extreme conditions. Our vehicle, which is not affected by harsh weather conditions in such places, can save the lives of many people. It has the potential to be used not only in search and rescue but also in many fields such as mapping and observing an area for various purposes.


Assoc. Dr. Ahmet Öncü, on the other hand, shares the information that the flight tests have started and they have tested the vehicle from all angles. Expressing that they will spend time on additional developments after these tests, Assoc. Dr. pioneer lyrics, “We want to develop our team car to be the best. We have completed ground tests of all parts of the flying robot system. During these tests, we had the opportunity to see more clearly where improvements were needed. We tested our radar system with ground vehicles and made sure of its performance. Now, by integrating all these subsystems on the flying robot, we aim to give the final shape to our vehicle, which can be used comfortably in the field as soon as possible. continue in the form.


Boğaziçi University Electrical and Electronic Engineering Department research assistant Berk Shoulder says the advanced radar, which provides reliable data in harsh conditions, has also taken its place in the vehicle. In developing vehicle radars, Shoulder summarizes the benefits that come with adding this technology to the system as follows:

“Developing the radar system ourselves was important to both customize and minimize the radar. The radar system is not only hardware but also includes the process of interpreting incoming radar data. Trying to make sense of radar data and present it in near real time to a mobile system leads to various difficulties. However, thanks to the radar data, the vehicle will be able to continue its mission in conditions of darkness, fog or weak GPS signal. Environmental information that is difficult or impossible to obtain from the camera image can be accessed by radar. In summary, thanks to this radar that we have developed, the vehicle will be able to fly much more efficiently.

Assoc. Dr. Who is Ahmet Öncü?

Assoc. Dr. Ahmet Öncü, after receiving his undergraduate degrees from the Physics Department of Middle East Technical University (METU) in 2001 and the Electrical and Electronic Engineering Department in 2002, went to the Technical University of Munich, Germany, for his higher studies with the support of Turkey. Educational Foundation (TEV) DAAD Scholarship. He received his master’s degree in microwave engineering from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology in 2004. In 2005, Monbukagakusho, the Japanese government, received a scholarship from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Humanities Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) and went to the University of Tokyo as a researcher. In the same year, he began his doctoral studies on the design of millimeter wave pulse radio CMOS integrated circuits in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. Between 2008 and 2010, he worked as a teacher-researcher at the universities of Tokyo and Hiroshima on the design of high-frequency integrated circuits and laboratory applications. Back in Turkey in 2010, Assoc. Dr. Öncü was awarded the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship by the European Union in 2010. The scientist, who has been working at Boğaziçi University since 2010, continues his research in the fields of microwaves, radars, RF , sensor system design, electromagnetic calculations, artificial intelligence applications and flying robots. Leading numerous academic projects in these fields, Assoc. Dr. Öncü has published more than 30 papers and articles.

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