Director Prof. Gianni Vercelli
Coordinator Dott. Giorgio Rinolfi
Civil aviation expert Dott. Lorenzo Marcenaro
Dr. Jacopo Revello
“The problem of search and rescue with drone: coordination and stereoscopic FPV of drones’ squads in BLOS situation”
Dr. Amila Uhanowitage
“The problem of SAR with drones: mission partitioning and coordination in a multi-UAV system for environmental monitoring and finding missing people”
Dr. Fabio Vannucci
“Safe handover and relay chain problem in EVLOS condition for a single UAV and multiple pilots”
Aero Lab is dedicated to the research on UAV technology since 2010. Our development is based on the open source project Arducopter.
Selection panel for avaible firmware in Mission Planner ground
We particularly focus on Multirotors or the Multicopters platform.
- Utilize differential thrust management of independent motor-prop units to provide lift and directional control
- Benefit from mechanical simplicity and design flexibility
- Offer a capable payload lifter that is functional in strong wind conditions
- Redundant lift sources can give increased margin of safety
- Varied form factor allows convenient options for payload mounting.
Because of its open design, Copter also supports more unusual frame types including the Single and Coax-Copters. Put together with Plane, Rover and Antenna Tracker, you have a system of robotic vehicles that can be controlled through very similar interfaces to accomplish a wide variety of tasks.
Science of Communication is one of the components at Campus di Savona, we start to investigate drones for aerial filming and photography.
For the opening ceremony for the academic years 2014-2015, University of Genoa commissioned the first aerial video completely made of aerial shooting to Aero Lab.
Behind the scenes video by Wonderland Production
For the hardware part we used the results of the only Italian drone development based on OpenSource: VirtualRobotix Italia.
Project CivilFinDroneS “CiviliansFinding system based on Drones Squads of Civil Protection Teams”
a.k.a. Progetto “Squadra Droni ANA – Prot. Civile”
As a university lab our competence is the validation of methods, of technological prototypes and to discuss and design the applications and implications it will have for our needs.
Assuming that UAV technologies are not readily designed for research purposes, building specific UAVs is a key necessity.
In times of a growing presence of technology in political, labour and private contexts, the question of machine autonomy is highly ambivalent. We delegate work to increasingly autonomous robots and, at the same time, fear the loss of control. We understood that technology, as a device of political, commercial and communicative power, is never neutral. In the face of such developments, it is ever more crucial to negotiate on how to design the modality of our collaboration with the machine, in production, in politics and every day life.
In our research projects, the drone, one of the most ambivalently discussed technological objects of our times, will be investigated as a collaborator in the accomplishment of specific public tasks. While, nowadays, international multirotor research groups have already acquired the drone as an efficient tool, we will have to renegotiate the role of the drone in interaction with humans – in all its opportunities and socio-political implications.
I mezzi aerei a pilotaggio remoto, detti SAPR o UAV, ma comunemente noti come droni, sono aeromobili caratterizzati dall’assenza di un equipaggio a bordo. Il loro volo è governato da diverse tipologie di flight control system, gestiti in remoto da piloti a terra. L’interesse per l’impiego di questi aeromobili negli ultimi tempi sta crescendo esponenzialmente in diverse attività per le potenzialità di impiego che si intravedono quali, ad esempio, sorveglianza del territorio, rilevamento delle condizioni ambientali, trasmissione dati, riprese aeree, impieghi agricoli, compiti di ordine pubblico.
I progetti che vorremmo portare avanti sono legati principalmente a due ambiti: quello creativo legato alla valorizzazione del patrimonio culturale, ambientale, artistico e paesaggistico tramite riprese aeree non convenzionali, ed uno più tecnico, concernente l’analisi del territorio grazie a termocamere e sensori di vario tipo per la realizzazione di modelli 3D, curve di livello, mappe DEM, a scopo di monitoraggio e videoispezione.