Welcome to the WiSAR Wiki. WiSAR stands for Wilderness Search and Rescue. This research project is a joint effort from several research labs in the Computer Science Department, Electronic Engineering Department, and Mechanical Engineering Department to apply new technologies such as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Computer Vision Algorithms, and Human Robot Interaction to support Wilderness Search and Rescue.
- Canadian Mounties Use Draganflyer for Rescue
- See BYU Weekly's interview with Mike and Lanny on WiSAR research here (story starts at 5:33).
- Here's an article in Popular Science describing our work.
- See the article in New Scientist on Lanny Lin's work]
- Daily Herald article on Lanny's work on modeling the movement of missing persons.
- See the blog by Charles R. Twardy at SARBayes on our work on modeling lost person behavior using a Bayesian model. Charles is a renowned expert in the field.
- See the article in New Scientist on Nathan Rasmussen's work on blending IR and visible spectrum video.
- Wednesday, March 2, 2011 -- Next WiSAR Meeting at noon in CS Conference Room
- March 16, 2011 Meeting_Notes Mike Jones will come to present his work on estimating tree growth, and we can brainstorm about how this could be relevant to estimating how missing persons move as a function of vegetation distribution and density. Perhaps this could lead to some collaboration.
- March 2, 2011 Meeting_Notes This currently contains ideas for the next agenda
- Feb 16, 2011 Meeting_Notes This contains some near-term and long-term goals in line with 2011's theme
- Feb 2, 2011 Meeting_Notes This contains the theme for 2011
- June10, 2010 Meeting_Notes
- See also the information on Past Field Trials
Journals are listed first, followed by conferences
- CS Computer Vision Lab: Prof. Bryan Morse, Greg Alldredge, Sam Ogden, Daniel Miller, Brandon Carroll, Daniel Thornton, Carson Fenimore, Josh Abbott
- CS HCMI Lab: Prof. Michael Goodrich, Mike Roscheck, Lanny Lin, Spencer Clark, Spencer Gardner, TJ Gledhill
- ME MAGICC Lab: Prof. Tim McLain, Jacob Bishop
- Investigate how UAVs can be used to support WiSAR operations
- Research how computer vision algorithms can be applied to (multi-spectrum) sensor feeds from the UAV to support WiSAR operations
- Investigate how various HRI techniques affect the performance of WiSAR tasks
- Flight Check List -- Check list of equipment needed for a flight test
- Aviones -- A UAV simulator
- Phairwell -- A GUI interface for controlling a UAV
- WiSAR Server (WonderBox or Wonder Server) -- A video server that services video requests
- Video Viewer -- Used by a spotter to identify interesting objects from video feeds
- Anomaly Detection -- Using statistical methods to detect anomalies in video feeds based on pixel colors
- Seeability Estimate -- Estimate probability of detection based on terrain feature and camera angle, etc.
- Manned Aircraft Setup -- Something Carson is working on
- Infrared Sensing -- Something Nathan worked on
- Modeling Lost Person Behavior -- Use terrain features and past human behavior data (geocaching) to predict lost person movement in the wild
- Path Planning -- Automatically generate flight plans to maximize amount of probability of detection.
- Sliding Autonomy -- Allows the operator to preview paths automatically generated using time as control and select the desired combination.
- Interactive Probability Map -- An interactive interface that allows the operator to dynamically modify suggested probability distribution.
- Incident Management System -- Used to manage heterogeneous agents (humans, dog, fixed-wing UAVs, quad-rotor UAVs, UGVs) in a WiSAR operation.
- A search for a boy with autism.
- Bob Koester's response to the search above.
- http://www.npr.org/2012/07/23/157239766/cognitive-disability-complicates-search-and-rescue An interview with Bob Koester on NPR's] Talk of the Nation.
- A search with amazing hardware.
- UAV Forge.
- Australian UAV Search and Rescue competition
- A collection of papers related to UAVs, mixed reality interfaces, and situation awareness.
- Air Force report on manned and unmanned systems through 2030.
- A field report from a recent demo by Remote Sensing Applications Center (RSAC) at Salt Lake city using a UAS to support firefighters
- Team Members Contact Info
- SVN Usage Guidelines
- Coding Conventions
- Areas of Impact
- A Plan for Moving Forward -- Bryan Morse and Mike Goodrich
- Student Plan for 2009-2010
Pictures and Video Links
- An affordable robot kit.
- Animal rights group says drone shot down.
- UAV detects illegal pollution.
- Walter Arlt's UAV-based video recordings.
- UAV can sense you breathing.
- Some local snowmobilers face the elements until SAR can find them.
- College video about our work. Thanks Bryan!
- BYU UAV video on YouTube
- November 14, 2009 Field Trial Pictures
- November 15, 2008 Field Trial Pictures
- More Videos and Pictures
- Lanny's blog posts about past field tests and BYU UAV technologies
- Paintball robot for search and rescue