UAVs represent one of the most relevant emerging technologies in the remote sensing domain of the last two decades, becoming a valid alternative to traditional acquisition techniques in a wide range of applications. In common practice, UAVs flights are pre-planned before starting the mission while data processing is performed offline after the acquisition. These methods, however, strongly limit the applicability of UAVs in dynamic and complex contexts. Examples of UAVs able to fly autonomously on an interest area, acquire complete data, understand the scene and take autonomous decisions are still in their very early stage. However, these solutions would promise to open new opportunities for more advanced applications.
You will work at the crossroad of photogrammetric computer vision, deep learning and robotics to develop the next generation of algorithms for reliable and autonomous real-time UAV mapping. The research will combine autonomous navigation algorithms with 2D and 3D semantic understanding of the scene to develop the next generation of autonomous drones able to perform complex tasks. Different applications such as patrolling, search and rescue in outdoor and indoor environments, and precision farming will be considered during this period.
Information and application
For more information about this position, you can contact Dr. Francesco Nex (firstname.lastname@example.org). You are also invited to visit our homepage.
Please submit your application before 1 March 2021 (choose apply now below). Your application should include:
- A cover letter (maximum 2 pages), emphasizing your specific interest in the position and outlining your relevant skills and experience
- A full Curriculum Vitae
About the organization
The Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) provides international postgraduate education, research and project services in the field of geo-information science and earth observation. Our mission is capacity development, where we apply, share and facilitate the effective use of geo-information and earth observation knowledge and tools for tackling global wicked problems. Our purpose is to enable our many partners around the world to track and trace the impact – and the shifting causes and frontiers – of today’s global challenges. Our vision is of a world in which researchers, educators, and students collaborate across disciplinary and geographic divides with governmental and non-governmental organisations, institutes, businesses, and local populations to surmount today’s complex global challenges and to contribute to sustainable, fair, and digital societies.