MIT: Independent Activities Period: IAP

IAP 2014

Autonomous Aerial Sensing Platform Jan06 - Jan31

Julie Shah, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Aeronautics & Astronautics, Yaniv Turgeman, Head of Research, Senseable City Lab, Chris Green, Research Fellow, Senseable City Lab

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Sign-up by 12/13
Limited to 15 participants
Attendance: attendance thru Jan preferred, flexible
Prereq: Experience in one of the skillsets listed below

Do you have experience in quadcopters, environmental sensors, embedded development, digital fabrication, mechanical engineering, web development, any of the above?

Interested in working on new and unseen applications of UAV technology?

Through January we are developing autonomous flying vehicles to dynamically sense and map the invisible phenomena of the environment around us. As Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) technology begins to move into increasingly civic applications, this project will propose and demonstrate UAVs as a responsive infrastructure deployable across cities, that can help us deeper understand our surrounding environments, and solve real-world problems. We are starting with the Charles River Basin, facing a series of environmental challenges that are little understood, relatively unmapped and difficult to gather further information on... which is where our technology steps in.

Sensors, autonomous flight, fabrication methods and data visualisation techniques will be developed, combined and deployed to create an aerial, real-time, spatiotemporal sensing platform.

ps:  IAP UROP positions are available for this project - please indicate this in your reply.

Senseable City Lab:

Interactive Robotics Group:


Sponsor(s): Aeronautics and Astronautics
Contact: Chris Green, 9-209, 617 324-4474, CJGREEN@MIT.EDU

Jan/06 Mon 09:30AM-05:30PM 9-209

Julie Shah - Assistant Professor, Dept. of Aeronautics & Astronautics, Yaniv Turgeman - Head of Research, Senseable City Lab, Chris Green - Research Fellow, Senseable City Lab