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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643041/skull-fracture-with-effacement-of-the-superior-sagittal-sinus-following-drone-impact-a-case-report
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Lawrance K Chung, Yuri Cheung, Carlito Lagman, Nicholas Au Yong, Duncan Q McBride, Isaac Yang
BACKGROUND: The popularity of unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, raises safety concerns as they become increasingly common for commercial, personal, and recreational use. Collisions between drones and people may result in serious injuries. CASE REPORT: A 13-year-old male presented with a comminuted depressed skull fracture causing effacement of the superior sagittal sinus secondary to a racing drone impact. The patient experienced a brief loss of consciousness and reported lower extremity numbness and weakness after the accident...
June 22, 2017: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629159/intercomparison-of-unmanned-aerial-vehicle-and-ground-based-narrow-band-spectrometers-applied-to-crop-trait-monitoring-in-organic-potato-production
#2
Marston Héracles Domingues Franceschini, Harm Bartholomeus, Dirk van Apeldoorn, Juha Suomalainen, Lammert Kooistra
Vegetation properties can be estimated using optical sensors, acquiring data on board of different platforms. For instance, ground-based and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)-borne spectrometers can measure reflectance in narrow spectral bands, while different modelling approaches, like regressions fitted to vegetation indices, can relate spectra with crop traits. Although monitoring frameworks using multiple sensors can be more flexible, they may result in higher inaccuracy due to differences related to the sensors characteristics, which can affect information sampling...
June 18, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621740/a-multi-disciplinary-approach-to-remote-sensing-through-low-cost-uavs
#3
Gabriela Calvario, Basilio Sierra, Teresa E Alarcón, Carmen Hernandez, Oscar Dalmau
The use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) based on remote sensing has generated low cost monitoring, since the data can be acquired quickly and easily. This paper reports the experience related to agave crop analysis with a low cost UAV. The data were processed by traditional photogrammetric flow and data extraction techniques were applied to extract new layers and separate the agave plants from weeds and other elements of the environment. Our proposal combines elements of photogrammetry, computer vision, data mining, geomatics and computer science...
June 16, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620399/timing-is-important-unmanned-aircraft-vs-satellite-imagery-in-plant-invasion-monitoring
#4
Jana Müllerová, Josef Brůna, Tomáš Bartaloš, Petr Dvořák, Michaela Vítková, Petr Pyšek
The rapid spread of invasive plants makes their management increasingly difficult. Remote sensing offers a means of fast and efficient monitoring, but still the optimal methodologies remain to be defined. The seasonal dynamics and spectral characteristics of the target invasive species are important factors, since, at certain time of the vegetation season (e.g., at flowering or senescing), plants are often more distinct (or more visible beneath the canopy). Our aim was to establish fast, repeatable and a cost-efficient, computer-assisted method applicable over larger areas, to reduce the costs of extensive field campaigns...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609643/training-techniques-for-visual-search-in-complex-task-environments
#5
Svyatoslav Guznov, Gerald Matthews, Joel S Warm, Marc Pfahler
OBJECTIVE: The goal for this study was to evaluate several visual search training techniques in an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) simulated task environment. BACKGROUND: Operators controlling remote unmanned vehicles often must perform complex visual search tasks (e.g., target search). These tasks may pose substantial demands on the operator due to various environmental factors. Visual search training may reduce errors and mitigate stress, but the most effective form of training has not been determined...
June 1, 2017: Human Factors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594353/the-development-of-an-open-hardware-and-software-system-onboard-unmanned-aerial-vehicles-to-monitor-concentrated-solar-power-plants
#6
Francisco Javier Mesas-Carrascosa, Daniel Verdú Santano, Fernando Pérez Porras, José Emilio Meroño-Larriva, Alfonso García-Ferrer
Concentrated solar power (CSP) plants are increasingly gaining interest as a source of renewable energy. These plants face several technical problems and the inspection of components such as absorber tubes in parabolic trough concentrators (PTC), which are widely deployed, is necessary to guarantee plant efficiency. This article presents a system for real-time industrial inspection of CSP plants using low-cost, open-source components in conjunction with a thermographic sensor and an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)...
June 8, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28574474/a-lidar-and-imu-integrated-indoor-navigation-system-for-uavs-and-its-application-in-real-time-pipeline-classification
#7
G Ajay Kumar, Ashok Kumar Patil, Rekha Patil, Seong Sill Park, Young Ho Chai
Mapping the environment of a vehicle and localizing a vehicle within that unknown environment are complex issues. Although many approaches based on various types of sensory inputs and computational concepts have been successfully utilized for ground robot localization, there is difficulty in localizing an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) due to variation in altitude and motion dynamics. This paper proposes a robust and efficient indoor mapping and localization solution for a UAV integrated with low-cost Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) and Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) sensors...
June 2, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515537/estimating-spatially-distributed-turbulent-heat-fluxes-from-high-resolution-thermal-imagery-acquired-with-a-uav-system
#8
Claire Brenner, Christina Elisabeth Thiem, Hans-Dieter Wizemann, Matthias Bernhardt, Karsten Schulz
In this study, high-resolution thermal imagery acquired with a small unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is used to map evapotranspiration (ET) at a grassland site in Luxembourg. The land surface temperature (LST) information from the thermal imagery is the key input to a one-source and two-source energy balance model. While the one-source model treats the surface as a single uniform layer, the two-source model partitions the surface temperature and fluxes into soil and vegetation components. It thus explicitly accounts for the different contributions of both components to surface temperature as well as turbulent flux exchange with the atmosphere...
May 19, 2017: International Journal of Remote Sensing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513552/a-two-echelon-cooperated-routing-problem-for-a-ground-vehicle-and-its-carried-unmanned-aerial-vehicle
#9
Zhihao Luo, Zhong Liu, Jianmai Shi
In this paper, a two-echelon cooperated routing problem for the ground vehicle (GV) and its carried unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is investigated, where the GV travels on the road network and its UAV travels in areas beyond the road to visit a number of targets unreached by the GV. In contrast to the classical two-echelon routing problem, the UAV has to launch and land on the GV frequently to change or charge its battery while the GV is moving on the road network. A new 0-1 integer programming model is developed to formulate the problem, where the constraints on the spatial and temporal cooperation of GV and UAV routes are included...
May 17, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487713/mechanical-harvesting-effectively-controls-young-typha-spp-invasion-and-unmanned-aerial-vehicle-data-enhances-post-treatment-monitoring
#10
Shane C Lishawa, Brendan D Carson, Jodi S Brandt, Jason M Tallant, Nicholas J Reo, Dennis A Albert, Andrew M Monks, Joseph M Lautenbach, Eric Clark
The ecological impacts of invasive plants increase dramatically with time since invasion. Targeting young populations for treatment is therefore an economically and ecologically effective management approach, especially when linked to post-treatment monitoring to evaluate the efficacy of management. However, collecting detailed field-based post-treatment data is prohibitively expensive, typically resulting in inadequate documentation of the ecological effects of invasive plant management. Alternative approaches, such as remote detection with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), provide an opportunity to advance the science and practice of restoration ecology...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481285/a-novel-real-time-reference-key-frame-scan-matching-method
#11
Haytham Mohamed, Adel Moussa, Mohamed Elhabiby, Naser El-Sheimy, Abu Sesay
Unmanned aerial vehicles represent an effective technology for indoor search and rescue operations. Typically, most indoor missions' environments would be unknown, unstructured, and/or dynamic. Navigation of UAVs in such environments is addressed by simultaneous localization and mapping approach using either local or global approaches. Both approaches suffer from accumulated errors and high processing time due to the iterative nature of the scan matching method. Moreover, point-to-point scan matching is prone to outlier association processes...
May 7, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445417/ins-gnss-integration-for-aerobatic-flight-applications-and-aircraft-motion-surveying
#12
Edgar L V Hinüber, Christian Reimer, Tim Schneider, Michael Stock
This paper presents field tests of challenging flight applications obtained with a new family of lightweight low-power INS/GNSS (inertial navigation system/global satellite navigation system) solutions based on MEMS (micro-electro-mechanical- sensor) machined sensors, being used for UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) navigation and control as well as for aircraft motion dynamics analysis and trajectory surveying. One key is a 42+ state extended Kalman-filter-based powerful data fusion, which also allows the estimation and correction of parameters that are typically affected by sensor aging, especially when applying MEMS-based inertial sensors, and which is not yet deeply considered in the literature...
April 26, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420534/adaptive-compensation-control-for-attitude-adjustment-of-quad-rotor-unmanned-aerial-vehicle
#13
Zhankui Song, Kaibiao Sun
A compensation control strategy based on adaptive back-stepping technique is presented to address the problem of attitude adjustment for a quad-rotor unmanned aerial vehicle (QR- UAV) with inertia parameter uncertainties, the limited airflow disturbance and the partial loss of rotation speed effectiveness. In the design process of control system, adaptive estimation technique is introduced into the closed loop system in order to compensate the lumped disturbance term. More specifically, the designed controller utilizes "prescribed performance bounds" method, and therefore guarantees the transient performance of tracking errors, even in the presence of the lumped disturbance...
April 15, 2017: ISA Transactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420214/multi-mode-estimation-for-small-fixed-wing-unmanned-aerial-vehicle-localization-based-on-a-linear-matrix-inequality-approach
#14
Mostafa Elzoghby, Fu Li, Ibrahim I Arafa, Usman Arif
Information fusion from multiple sensors ensures the accuracy and robustness of a navigation system, especially in the absence of global positioning system (GPS) data which gets degraded in many cases. A way to deal with multi-mode estimation for a small fixed wing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) localization framework is proposed, which depends on utilizing a Luenberger observer-based linear matrix inequality (LMI) approach. The proposed estimation technique relies on the interaction between multiple measurement modes and a continuous observer...
April 18, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405214/a-real-time-phenotyping-framework-using-machine-learning-for-plant-stress-severity-rating-in-soybean
#15
Hsiang Sing Naik, Jiaoping Zhang, Alec Lofquist, Teshale Assefa, Soumik Sarkar, David Ackerman, Arti Singh, Asheesh K Singh, Baskar Ganapathysubramanian
BACKGROUND: Phenotyping is a critical component of plant research. Accurate and precise trait collection, when integrated with genetic tools, can greatly accelerate the rate of genetic gain in crop improvement. However, efficient and automatic phenotyping of traits across large populations is a challenge; which is further exacerbated by the necessity of sampling multiple environments and growing replicated trials. A promising approach is to leverage current advances in imaging technology, data analytics and machine learning to enable automated and fast phenotyping and subsequent decision support...
2017: Plant Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400784/high-throughput-phenotyping-of-sorghum-plant-height-using-an-unmanned-aerial-vehicle-and-its-application-to-genomic-prediction-modeling
#16
Kakeru Watanabe, Wei Guo, Keigo Arai, Hideki Takanashi, Hiromi Kajiya-Kanegae, Masaaki Kobayashi, Kentaro Yano, Tsuyoshi Tokunaga, Toru Fujiwara, Nobuhiro Tsutsumi, Hiroyoshi Iwata
Genomics-assisted breeding methods have been rapidly developed with novel technologies such as next-generation sequencing, genomic selection and genome-wide association study. However, phenotyping is still time consuming and is a serious bottleneck in genomics-assisted breeding. In this study, we established a high-throughput phenotyping system for sorghum plant height and its response to nitrogen availability; this system relies on the use of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) remote sensing with either an RGB or near-infrared, green and blue (NIR-GB) camera...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397775/coastal-areas-division-and-coverage-with-multiple-uavs-for-remote-sensing
#17
Fotios Balampanis, Iván Maza, Aníbal Ollero
This paper tackles the problems of exact cell decomposition and partitioning of a coastal region for a team of heterogeneous Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) with an approach that takes into account the field of view or sensing radius of the sensors on-board. An initial sensor-based exact cell decomposition of the area aids in the partitioning process, which is performed in two steps. In the first step, a growing regions algorithm performs an isotropic partitioning of the area based on the initial locations of the UAVs and their relative capabilities...
April 9, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335570/an-improved-multi-sensor-fusion-navigation-algorithm-based-on-the-factor-graph
#18
Qinghua Zeng, Weina Chen, Jianye Liu, Huizhe Wang
An integrated navigation system coupled with additional sensors can be used in the Micro Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (MUAV) applications because the multi-sensor information is redundant and complementary, which can markedly improve the system accuracy. How to deal with the information gathered from different sensors efficiently is an important problem. The fact that different sensors provide measurements asynchronously may complicate the processing of these measurements. In addition, the output signals of some sensors appear to have a non-linear character...
March 21, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331789/light-like-a-feather-a-fibrous-natural-composite-with-a-shape-changing-from-round-to-square
#19
Bin Wang, Marc André Meyers
Only seldom are square/rectangular shapes found in nature. One notable exception is the bird feather rachis, which raises the question: why is the proximal base round but the distal end square? Herein, it is uncovered that, given the same area, square cross sections show higher bending rigidity and are superior in maintaining the original shape, whereas circular sections ovalize upon flexing. This circular-to-square shape change increases the ability of the flight feathers to resist flexure while minimizes the weight along the shaft length...
March 2017: Advanced Science (Weinheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28273845/a-novel-system-for-correction-of-relative-angular-displacement-between-airborne-platform-and-uav-in-target-localization
#20
Chenglong Liu, Jinghong Liu, Yueming Song, Huaidan Liang
This paper provides a system and method for correction of relative angular displacements between an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) and its onboard strap-down photoelectric platform to improve localization accuracy. Because the angular displacements have an influence on the final accuracy, by attaching a measuring system to the platform, the texture image of platform base bulkhead can be collected in a real-time manner. Through the image registration, the displacement vector of the platform relative to its bulkhead can be calculated to further determine angular displacements...
March 4, 2017: Sensors
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