70. AERIAL JUNGLE EXPLORATION

Department: Computer Science & Engineering
Research Institute Affiliation: California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2)
Faculty Advisor(s): Ryan Kastner

Primary Student
Name: Alexandria Louise Shearer
Email: ashearer@ucsd.edu
Phone: 714-735-2307
Grad Year: 2018

Abstract
In the dense jungle canopies of Central America and the Yucatan much of what remains of the Maya civilization remains hidden from view. While important archaeological sites have been discovered, an understanding of how the Maya used the land, the extent of their settlements, and the organization of towns and spheres of influences, is yet unknown. Remote sensing technologies that can see through the canopy exist, but are prohibitively expensive. Fortunately, the convergence of aerial drones and light-weight sensor packages such as LiDAR, have just now opened the door to creating a disruptive technology for exploring the secrets of the Maya. The goal of this project is to create the proof-of-concept realization of this drone technology for the jungle. With the hardware integration currently ongoing, the key challenges are the algorithms that allow us to "see through the trees." This involves intelligently manipulating the vast amounts of raw sensor data generated by the LiDAR. Maya archaeologist collaborators believe this technology would be a game changer for the archaeological community.

Industry Application Area(s)
Aerospace, Defense, Security | Civil/Structural Engineering | Software, Analytics

Related Files:

  1. RESUME_CV__.1.pdf

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