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22 February 2010

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The Computer Vision Group have embarked on a 4 year project to develop an intelligent Micro Air Vehicle (iMAV) in collaboration with the Aerospace Engineering Department. This highly innovative project aims to develop an autonomous micro helicopter, with control and navigation based on data from a single onboard camera. The palm size helicopter will be capable of agile flight within indoor environments, providing a low cost and flexible 'hovering eye', suitable for remote reconnaissance and surveillance tasks. The research will draw on the group's expertise in vision based simultaneous localisation and mapping (SLAM) which will be integrated with control and path planning required for autonomous flight. The CS team on the project consists of PhD student John Bartholomew  and Drs Walterio Mayol-Cuevas and Andrew Calway.