Masters Theses

Keywords and Phrases

Aerial Image Set; Image Capture And Processing; Power Supply Design; Search-And-Rescue; Target Location; Unmanned Aerial Vehicle


"Aerial search and rescue applications using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) can incorporate image processing technologies to locate targets faster and with a higher degree of accuracy. The task of developing such systems involves the development of both hardware and software components. Examples of both hardware and software approaches in the design process for an aerial imaging system are shown for small UAV applications. This project contains resources to help facilitate the incorporation of UAV applications into educational ventures and design projects. A power supply design is done for a lightweight imaging system and a large database of aerial images is assembled for image recognition development. The image set is all based in a small subset of geography, mainly lightly wooded pastureland, with a variety of lost-hiker target objects. The work describes an imaging system design, a power distribution design, target image collection and categorization, and basic image processing approaches"--Abstract, page iii.


Watkins, Steve Eugene,1960-

Committee Member(s)

Stanley, R. Joe
Zawodniok, Maciej Jan,1975-


Electrical and Computer Engineering

Degree Name

M.S. in Electrical Engineering


Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date



xii, 102 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (pages 100-101).


© 2013 David Christopher Macke Jr., All rights reserved.

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

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Subject Headings

Drone aircraft -- Search and rescue operations
Aerial surveys
Image processing -- Digital techniques -- Design and construction
Robots in search and rescue operations

Thesis Number

T 10848

Electronic OCLC #