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Saturday, March 14 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Humanitarian Drones: Locating Vietnam Era Bombs

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As unmanned aerial systems are becoming more and more commonplace in the public eye, how can they be used not only for novelty - but for good? In setting out to answer this question, we found that not only do they have the ability to affect positive change, they also have the chance to save innocent lives.
This session will outline our development and eventual prototype testing of an unmanned aerial system (or drone) that uses multiple sensors on board to survey areas for eventual UXO clearance in war-torn areas. From 1964 to 1973, the United States dropped nearly 2 million tons of explosives on Laos to stop the movement of North Vietnamese troops and munitions. These munitions still affect daily life in the region and hamper economic growth. Using UAS to map potentially dangerous areas, personnel can survey the topography without endangering themselves or the local population.

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Ryan Baker

CEO, Arch Aerial
Ryan Baker is the founder of Arch Aerial LLC, a firm that builds multi-rotor UAV's crafted for professional aerial photography and videography in tough environmental conditions. Arch Aerial UAV's have been adopted by production companies for films, vineyard owners, archaeological... Read More →

Chance Coughenour

Marie Curie Fellow, E.U. FP7 Programme, Initial Training Network for Digital Cultural Heritage, Institute for Photogrammetry, University of Stuttgart
Chance received his BA in History at West Virginia University where he focused on the historiography of the British Empire in Hong Kong. Later, he obtained his MA in Archaeology and Heritage at the University of Leicester in England. The primary objective of his MA research was focused... Read More →
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Adam Rabinowitz

Associate Professor, The University of Texas at Austin

Saturday March 14, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
ACC Room 6AB

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