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UAVs in WiSAR 1 Running head: UAVS IN WISAR

Summary: UAVs in WiSAR 1
Running head: UAVS IN WISAR
Towards Using UAVs in Wilderness Search and Rescue:
Lessons from Field Trials
Michael A. Goodrich, Bryan S. Morse, Cameron Engh
Brigham Young University
Joseph L. Cooper
University of Texas Austin
Julie A. Adams
Vanderbilt University
To appear Interaction Studies 10(3) 2009
UAVs in WiSAR 2
Wilderness Search and Rescue (WiSAR) is the process of finding and assisting persons who are lost in
remote wilderness areas. Because such areas are often rugged or relatively inaccessible, searching for
missing persons can take huge amounts of time and resources. Camera-equipped mini-Unmanned Aerial
Vehicles (UAVs) have the potential for speeding up the search process by enabling searchers to view aerial
video of an area of interest while closely coordinating with nearby ground searchers. In this paper, we
report on lessons learned by trying to use UAVs to support WiSAR. Our research methodology has relied
heavily on field trials involving searches conducted under the direction of practicing search and rescue


Source: Adams, Julie A. - Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Vanderbilt University


Collections: Engineering; Computer Technologies and Information Sciences