PI: Dr. Kereshmeh Afsari
Drones have been, for long, under the scrutiny of building researchers. Drones can reach places where it is difficult or unsafe for humans to reach, such as building facades, under the bridge deck, etc. However, most research is on non-contact inspection, i.e., they collect data through cameras and other sensors. This project evaluates the potential of using drones or Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) for contact-based inspections of buildings that require precise localization and path planning.