Autonomous Environment Generator for UAV-Based Simulation
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  • Release Date: 2022-01-10
  • UAV
  • autonomous vehicles
  • artificial intelligence
  • machine learning
  • neural network
  • deep learning
  • real-world testbed
  • satellite images
Video Introduction

This video is adapted from 10.3390/app11052185

The increased demand for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) has also led to higher demand for realistic and efficient UAV testing environments. The current use of simulated environments has been shown to be a relatively inexpensive, safe, and repeatable way to evaluate UAVs before real-world use. However, the use of generic environments and manually-created custom scenarios leaves more to be desired. In this video, researchers propose a new testbed that utilizes machine learning algorithms to procedurally generate, scale, and place 3D models to create a realistic environment. These environments are additionally based on satellite images, thus providing users with a more robust example of real-world UAV deployment. Although certain graphical improvements could be made, this video serves as a proof of concept for an novel autonomous and relatively-large scale environment generator. Such a testbed could allow for preliminary operational planning and testing worldwide, without the need for on-site evaluation or data collection in the future.

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