AMAV (UMD) team’s system is based on the DJI Matrice 300 drone, a popular choice for first responders. The M300 drone is equipped with a Zenmuse H20 RGB camera and a FLIR Vue TZ20 thermal camera to enable person detection in an occluded environment like a forest. To facilitate the use of the system by first responders and to enhance the probability of detecting missing people from aerial video, custom-built software was developed for mission planning and real-time image processing. AMAV first responder software includes a machine-learning algorithm trained to process the live video stream from the drone and provide a visual indicator to the operator if a person is detected. The AMAV software runs on a laptop that connects to the DJI Smart controller via an HDMI cable. The modularity of the AMAV software ensures that it can be adapted to support most UAS platforms preferred by first responders.
Team description and biographies
The University of Maryland Autonomous Micro Air Vehicle Team is a student team that designs, builds, and flies multirotors to compete in national and international competitions. The UMD AMAV team is sponsored by the Maryland Robotics Center, the UMD Department of Aerospace Engineering, and Leidos.
Derek A. Paley (faculty advisor) is Director of the Maryland Robotics Center and Willis H. Young Jr. Professor of Aerospace Engineering Education in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and the Institute for Systems Research at the University of Maryland.
Wei “Sway” Cui is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Maryland. Prior to his current role, he worked as a software engineer in Los Angeles AFB and Wright-Patterson AFB.
Animesh K. Shastry is the team leader and is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Maryland.
Qingwen Wei is a senior in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Maryland, and is a certified Part 107 pilot.
Dhruv Srinivasan is a B.S. student in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maryland.
Thomas Brosh received the B.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland in 2022, along with a minor in Computer Engineering. He is now employed at Northrop Grumman.
Paul Zaidins is an M.S. student in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Maryland. He previously received the B.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas and the B.S. degree in Computer Science from the University of Maryland.