Integrated Coastal Zone Aerial Perception with UAVs

Hai Long Pei
Key Lab of Autonomous Systems and Networked Control, Ministry of Education
Unmanned System Engineering Center of Guangdong Province, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou, China

The coastal zone is a corridor in which the sea interfaces the land, containing the coast parts, the nearshore water bodies and the underwater bottoms. Because of the extreme terrestrial-aquatic transition environment, it is difficult for personnel to implement the multi-element direct surveying (coast land, waterline, nearshore hydrology, etc.). The existing remote sensing techniques are also not efficient for accurate spatio-temporal measuring under this dynamic circumstance, especially for large region survey. This talk introduces the application of UAV remote sensing technology in coastal zone exploration, focusing on the low-altitude small UAV wave observation and moving inverse mechanism of bathymetry perception, along with the airborne survey system configuration and promising field test practices. Further discussions will show the existing challenges as well as the potential applications.

Biography: Hai-Long Pei received his PhD degree from the South China University of Technology, China, in 1992, and Master and Bachelor degrees from the Northwestern Polytechnical University, China, in 1989 and 1986, respectively. Currently, he is Professor in the School of Automation Science and Engineering in the South China University of Technology, Director of the Key Lab of Autonomous Systems and Networked Control, Ministry of Education, and Director of the Unmanned Engineering Center of the Guangdong Province. He works on unmanned systems and robotic control, and serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Control Theory and Technology, as Region Representative Senior Editor for Asia/Oceania of the Journal for Intelligent and Robotic Systems, and as Associate Editor of Acta Automatica Sinica.