This talk is composed of two parts. In the first one I will briefly review the latest advances worldwide in the development of hybrid airships for cargo. In the second part, I will focus on the use of small robotic airships for monitoring and surveillance, including embedded systems, control & navigation techniques, applications and others. I will also present a brief description of the Project DRONI ("Robotic Airship with Innovative Conception") related to the development of an autonomous airship (10 meters long) with 4 electric engines to be used in environment monitoring in Mamiraua reserve in the Amazon forest in Brazil. I will then explain how the current project SAS-ROGE ("Smart Airships Swarm and Robotic Ground Electrical Vehicles for Environmental Monitoring and Surveillance", FAPESP/HWU) via the partnership with Dr. Patricia A. Vargas and Prof. David Corne is linked with DRONI.
Dr. Ely Paiva is currently the Head of Department and Professor of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Campinas (UNICAMP), in Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil. He has a PhD in Electrical Engineering from UNICAMP. He was a Research Leader at the Federal Research Center Renato Archer (CTI), also in Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil. He was responsible for coordinating a research group for the modelling, simulation and control of the AURORA airship, which in year 2000 made the first autonomous flight of an unmanned airship of the scientific literature. His research interests include modelling, simulation, control and navigation of autonomous vehicles, with special focus on airships and electrical 4-wheels vehicles.
Host: Dr Patricia A. Vargas