A camera-based target detection and positioning UAV system for search and rescue (SAR) purposes

Jingxuan Sun, Boyang Li, Yifan Jiang, Chih-yung Wen

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Wilderness search and rescue entails performing a wide-range of work in complex environments and large regions. Given the concerns inherent in large regions due to limited rescue distribution, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)-based frameworks are a promising platform for providing aerial imaging. In recent years, technological advances in areas such as micro-technology, sensors and navigation have influenced the various applications of UAVs. In this study, an all-in-one camera-based target detection and positioning system is developed and integrated into a fully autonomous fixed-wing UAV. The system presented in this paper is capable of on-board, real-time target identification, post-target identification and location and aerial image collection for further mapping applications. Its performance is examined using several simulated search and rescue missions, and the test results demonstrate its reliability and efficiency.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1778
JournalSensors (Switzerland)
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2016


  • Target detection
  • Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)
  • Wilderness search and rescue

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Biochemistry
  • Instrumentation
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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