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Jane Cleland-Huang - Towards the Next Generation of Human-Drone Partnerships for Emergency Response


10/10/2019 at 3:30PM


10/10/2019 at 4:45PM


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Gregory Madey

Gregory Madey

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Small unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) are increasingly used to support emergency response scenarios such as search-and-rescue, structural building fires, and medical deliveries. However, in current practice, drones are typically controlled by a single operator thereby significantly limiting their potential.  In the next generation of emergency response solutions, we envision autonomous and self-coordinating cohorts of drones serving as fully-fledged members of an emergency response team. Drones will play diverse roles during an emergency response  - for example, using thermal imagery to map the structural integrity of a burning building, methodically searching an area for a child lost in a cornfield, or delivering a life-saving device to a person caught in a fast-flowing river.  In this talk Dr. Cleland-Huang will discuss  foundational aspects of this project, focusing on Human-Drone interactions and achieving levels of drone autonomy needed to achieve practical mission goals.   Recent funding for the project is provided by  the National Science Foundation CNS: 1931962, CPS:Medium:Interactive Human-Drone Partnerships in Emergency Response Scenarios. (PIs: Jane Cleland-Huang and Walter Scheirer: Starting 2019).

Seminar Speaker:

Jane Cleland-Huang

Jane Cleland-Huang

University of Notre Dame

Dr. Jane Cleland-Huang is a Professor in Computer Science and Engineering at  the University of Notre Dame.  She holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago.  Her research focuses on software and systems engineering for safety critical systems with an emphasis on agility, traceability, and safety assurance.  Her work with unmanned aerial vehicles for emergency response has the potential for significant societal impact while providing a Software Engineering research incubator for advancing topics such as runtime monitoring and adaptation, real-time safety-assurance, and more.  She currently serves as Chair of the IFIP 2.9 Working Group on Requirements Engineering and on the Steering Committee of the International Conference on Software Engineering. She recently served  as Associate Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, on the Editorial Board of Springer-Verlag's Requirements Engineering Journal, and as Steering Committee chair of the International Requirements Engineering Conference.  Contact her at JaneHuang@nd.edu.