The goal of this challenge is to develop the technologies required for drones to assist in firefighting operations. In the considered  scenario there is a building on fire and many rooms are quickly filling up with smoke. Traditionally firefighters have to scan the building for victims, room by room, by crawling under the smoke while looking for potential hazards. 

Our ultimate goal is to assist the firefighter; to have a drone operator fly a drone through the building ahead of the firefighter searching for survivors and identifying potential hazards.


  • Intro video posted The video of the introductory session kicking off the Challenge has been posted on this site - look under "Resources" on the left.
    Posted Sep 11, 2014, 11:05 AM by Rudra Dutta
  • Technician Article An article in the Technician just came out today.
    Posted Sep 9, 2014, 12:33 PM by Mihail Sichitiu
  • Office Hours Office hours for the instructors (also listed on the Faculty page) are as follows:Dr. Dutta: Tuesdays 2:00pm - 4:30pm (or by appointment)Dr. Sichitiu: Wednesday 12:30pm - 2 ...
    Posted Sep 8, 2014, 12:40 PM by Mihail Sichitiu
  • Lab Space In response to the question about lab space, here are two possibilities:The Entrepreneurship Initiative Garage is a  5,000 sq. ft. facility, complete with meeting rooms, lounge space, basic ...
    Posted Sep 26, 2014, 10:54 AM by Mihail Sichitiu
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