External Speaker Series: Ulrik Pagh Schultz Lundquist on WildDrone – Autonomous Drones for Nature Conservation Missions
The WildDrone project aims to revolutionize wildlife conservation practices by using autonomous drone technology as a unifying platform to monitor wildlife populations, track their movements, and manage human-wildlife conflicts. The WildDrone consortium will train 13 doctoral candidates and equip them with a unique combination of multidisciplinary skills for drone-based ecology and wildlife conservation. The candidates will work closely together in a global training network to realize the full potential of drones and companion autonomous systems for nature conservation missions. In this talk I will give an overview of the WildDrone network, research and training activities, our interdisciplinary methodology, and the specific drone-related research currently taking place in the project.
Ulrik Pagh Schultz Lundquist is Professor and Head of the Center for SDU UAS, the drone center at University of Southern Denmark. He is currently coordinator of the WildDrone Marie Curie Network and is interested in the design and implementation of aerial, mobile, and self-organizing robotic systems with a focus on the use of high-level software abstractions to achieve safety, reliability, and robustness.