2015 Schedule
Interactive: March 13–17  •  Film: March 13–21  •  Music: March 17–22

Humanitarian Drones: Locating Vietnam Era Bombs

Saturday, March 14
11:00AM - 12:00PM

Austin Convention Center
Room 6AB
Austin Convention Center

As unmanned aerial systems are becoming more and more commonplace in the public eye, how can they be used not only for novelty - but for good? In setting out to answer this question, we found that not only do they have the ability to affect positive change, they also have the chance to save innocent lives.
This session will outline our development and eventual prototype testing of an unmanned aerial system (or drone) that uses multiple sensors on board to survey areas for eventual UXO clearance in war-torn areas. From 1964 to 1973, the United States dropped nearly 2 million tons of explosives on Laos to stop the movement of North Vietnamese troops and munitions. These munitions still affect daily life in the region and hamper economic growth. Using UAS to map potentially dangerous areas, personnel can survey the topography without endangering themselves or the local population.


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Adam Rabinowitz

Assoc Professor

The University of Texas at Austin

Ryan Baker


Arch Aerial

Ryan Baker is the CEO of Arch Aerial LLC, a company that builds multi-rotor UAS (unmanned aerial systems) for professional videography and survey in tough environments. Ryan has worked as a geospat...

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