Special Issue "Applications of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle and Artificial Intelligence Technologies in Mining from Exploration to Reclamation, Volume II"

A special issue of Minerals (ISSN 2075-163X). This special issue belongs to the section "Mineral Exploration Methods and Applications".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 18 April 2023 | Viewed by 289

Special Issue Editors

Department of Energy Resources Engineering, Pukyong National University, Busan 48513, Republic of Korea
Interests: smart mining; renewables in mining; space mining; AICBM (AI, IoT, cloud, big data, mobile) convergence; unmanned aerial vehicle; mine planning and design; open-pit mining operation; mine safety; geographic information systems; 3D geo-modeling; geostatistics; hydrological analysis; energy analysis and simulation; design of solar energy conversion systems; renewable energy systems
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Department of Energy Resources Engineering, Pukyong National University, Busan 48513, Republic of Korea
Interests: smart mining; digital twins in mining; AICBM (AI, IoT, cloud, big data, mobile) conversion technologies; photovoltaic system; green mobility (e.g., solar-powered electric vehicles); geographic information systems (GIS); spatial analysis; mining simulation; mine safety system
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Recently, much attention has focused on unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology, to the extent that the term “drone industry” has been created. UAV technology is now widely used in many industries for purposes such as investigation of agricultural crops, observation of weather, relay broadcasting and communication, investigation of the extent of damage during disasters, recognition of traffic flow, and unmanned security. Artificial intelligence (AI) technology is also spreading across all industries so that innovative changes are taking place in the industrial field through the combination of AI and domain knowledge.

UAV and AI technologies have a significant impact on the mining industry. Applications of UAV and AI technologies have been reported in the mining industry for mineral exploration, mine planning and design, mine operation, mineral/metallurgical processing, mine health and safety management, and mine reclamation. This Special Issue (SI) encourages engineers, geologists, metallurgists, educators, students, and researchers to address recent applications of UAV and AI technologies in mining from exploration to reclamation. Original research contributions and reviews providing examples of the improvements brought by UAV and AI technologies in all areas of the mineral sector can be included in this SI.

Prof. Dr. Yosoon Choi
Dr. Jieun Baek
Guest Editors

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  • unmanned aerial vehicles in mining
  • unmanned aerial systems in mining
  • drone in mining
  • photogrammetry in mining
  • 3D modeling in mining
  • digital surface model in mining
  • artificial intelligence in mining
  • machine learning in mining
  • deep learning in mining
  • soft computing in mining

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