Next Article in Journal
Multi Ray Model for Near-Ground Millimeter Wave Radar
Next Article in Special Issue
Adapting Local Features for Face Detection in Thermal Image
Previous Article in Journal
Analysis of Differences in Phenology Extracted from the Enhanced Vegetation Index and the Leaf Area Index
Previous Article in Special Issue
Efficient Pedestrian Detection at Nighttime Using a Thermal Camera
Article Menu
Issue 9 (September) cover image

Export Article

Open AccessArticle
Sensors 2017, 17(9), 1987; https://doi.org/10.3390/s17091987

Remote Marker-Based Tracking for UAV Landing Using Visible-Light Camera Sensor

Division of Electronics and Electrical Engineering, Dongguk University, 30 Pildong-ro 1-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul 100-715, Korea
*
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Received: 11 July 2017 / Revised: 21 August 2017 / Accepted: 28 August 2017 / Published: 30 August 2017

Abstract

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), which are commonly known as drones, have proved to be useful not only on the battlefields where manned flight is considered too risky or difficult, but also in everyday life purposes such as surveillance, monitoring, rescue, unmanned cargo, aerial video, and photography. More advanced drones make use of global positioning system (GPS) receivers during the navigation and control loop which allows for smart GPS features of drone navigation. However, there are problems if the drones operate in heterogeneous areas with no GPS signal, so it is important to perform research into the development of UAVs with autonomous navigation and landing guidance using computer vision. In this research, we determined how to safely land a drone in the absence of GPS signals using our remote maker-based tracking algorithm based on the visible light camera sensor. The proposed method uses a unique marker designed as a tracking target during landing procedures. Experimental results show that our method significantly outperforms state-of-the-art object trackers in terms of both accuracy and processing time, and we perform test on an embedded system in various environments. View Full-Text
Keywords: unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV); remote marker-based tracking; visible light camera sensor; UAV landing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV); remote marker-based tracking; visible light camera sensor; UAV landing
Figures

Figure 1

This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. (CC BY 4.0).

Share & Cite This Article

MDPI and ACS Style

Nguyen, P.H.; Kim, K.W.; Lee, Y.W.; Park, K.R. Remote Marker-Based Tracking for UAV Landing Using Visible-Light Camera Sensor. Sensors 2017, 17, 1987.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats

Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Related Articles

Article Metrics

Article Access Statistics

1

Comments

[Return to top]
Sensors EISSN 1424-8220 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert
Back to Top