Smart Sailing with Twirre

The Smart Sailing Twirre project aims to add automatic navigation to boats.

Twirre is a new architecture for mini-UAV platforms designed for autonomous flight in both GPS-enabled and GPS-deprived applications. The architecture consists of low-cost hardware and software components. High-level control software enables autonomous operation. Exchanging or upgrading hardware components is straightforward and the architecture is an excellent starting point for building low-cost autonomous systems for a variety of applications. Experiments with an implementation of the architecture are in development, and preliminary results demonstrate accurate navigation.

For Smart Sailing, the Twirre architecture will be utilized and adapted for automatic navigation of boats.

Students: Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Information Science.

Generic sensor system for the UAV

The Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) is equipped with many sensors to investigate the environment. When new sensor information is required they need to be customly added to the UAV, which requires software and hardware adaptations of the platform.

The goal of this project is to research, develop and test a generic sensor platform based on an Arduino. The main components are: Sensors, Arduino, and Software.

Examples of sensors are: gyros, ultrasoon sonar network,  acceleration sensors, barometric pressure sensor, GPS module, etc.

Student: 1, Technical Information Science / Electrical Engineering