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Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), a.k.a. ‘drones’ are quickly becoming a useful research tool with many applications for environmental monitoring. My research focuses on the design and operations of UAS in environments that are inhospitable to life: at this time volcanic and nuclear sites. Long-range UAS are an ideal solution to monitoring and surveying in these situations since a human operator can remain in a safe location while the vehicle is at risk. My previous Ph.D. work focused on autonomous indoor flight for small multi-rotor type vehicles, whilst my current post-doc role explores the use of both larger multi-rotors and fixed-wing types.
For effective monitoring at long-range in extreme environments, the vehicle must be semi-independent; able to operate with minimal human supervision. This presents a significant control and automation challenge since measurement payloads are most effective when in close proximity to their target. I investigate the vehicle design and control algorithms needed to reliably and accurately position the vehicle and its sensor payload.
A key part of my work is enabling safe beyond visual line-of-site (BVLOS) flights. This is achieved through regular outdoor flight testing and field applications. Updates from my research and flight operations can be found on Twitter @DrKieranWood.
White, S. R., Wood, K., Martin, P. G., Connor, D. T., Scott, T. B. & Megson-Smith, D. A., 26 Jan 2021, In: Sensors. 21, 3, p. 1-15 15 p., 807.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article (Academic Journal) › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile1 Downloads (Pure)
A Data Processing Workflow for Drone-based Radiation Mapping in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone (CEZ) - 20119Connor, D. T., Martin, P. G., Verbelen, Y. S. R., Wood, K., Goren, S., Megson-Smith, D. A., Smith, N. & Scott, T. B., 8 Mar 2020, Proceedings of the Waste Management Symposia 2020. Phoenix, Arizona, USA.. 20119
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Conference Contribution (Conference Proceeding)
& 12 others, , 30 Oct 2020, In: Science Advances. 6, 44, p. 47-56 9 p., abb9103.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article (Academic Journal) › peer-reviewOpen Access5 Citations (Scopus)