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Research Projects at SDU UAS Center

HERD (Human-AI collaboration: Engaging and controlling swarms of Robots and Drones)

The project aims to develop user interfaes for controlling multiple ground robots and drones.

DIREC, 2021-2025
Contact: Ulrik Pagh Schultz,

Drone-based cleaning at hospitals

The project will investigate whether it is possible to use drones as a tool to clean and measure/inspect various inaccessible surfaces at Odense University Hospital (OUH).
Website is only in Danish

Energi Fyns Udviklingsfond, 2021
Contact: Jussi Hermansen,


IFD project led by SDU will establish a natirional 5G UAS network, that enables a reliable U-Space in the lower airspace, enabling drones to fly safely side by side with manned aviation.

Innovation Fund Denmark (Innovationsfonden), 2021-2024
Contact: Ulrik Pagh Schultz, Project manager,

Tool-drone to control weed

The project will use drones as tools that, in addition to being able to find hogweed using camera technology and artificial intelligence, have also mounted a device that can apply  a pesticide to the individual plant and cause it to die.
Website is only in Danish

Contact: Henrik Skov Midtiby,


The project will develop a new AI based geoscanning system using drones instead of helicopters. The goal is to create a more sustainable solution that is cheaper, faster and better in terms of accuracy and resolution. SDU's main focus is guidiance and requirements herunder the risk SORA assessment.

Eurostar programme, 2020-2022
Contact: Erling Hansen,

U-Space Funen

Danish private-public cooperation that establishes the first U-space in Scandinavia: An airspace where drones fly safely side by side with the traditional manned aircrafts, and enables drone operations beyond visual line of sight of the operator.

Contact: Kjeld Jensen,


EU-project led by SDU will develop a system of autonomous, self-charging, and collaborative drones that can inspect the European transportation infrastructures, such as bridges and railroads, in a continuous operation and report if there are cracks or faults. 

EU Horizon 2o2o, 2020-2023
Contact: Emad Samuel Malki Ebeid,


The project focuses on developing core-technology modules and an integrated aerial cognitive robotic system for applications such as the inspection and maintenance of large linear infrastructures.

EU Horizon 2o2o, 2019-2023
Contact: Emad Samuel Malki Ebeid,

HealthDrone (SundhedsDroner)

The project aims at developing fully automatic drones that fast, cheap and sustainable can transport patient samples, medicine, and doctors between hospital units, medical practices, and home care.

Innovation Fund Denmark, 2019-2021
Contact: Kjeld Jensen,

Drones for Energy

The project builds a collaborative, autonomous, and continuously operating drone system that will be offered to powerline operators to inspect the power grid accurately, frequently, and autonomously in a cost-effective way.

Innovation Fond Denmark and Energi Fyn, 2018-2021
Contact: Emad Samuel Malki Ebeid,


UAS-ability is a cooperation between Danish universities with the aim to ensure a national research infrastructure for drones. SDU UAS Test Center is supported by UAS-ability.

Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation,  2016-2021

Contact: Ulrik Pagh Schultz,

SqM-Farm (Square meter Farming)

The project uses artificial intelligence based on data from sensors on drones, robots, and satellites to help the farmer optimize the yield of the fields.

GUDP, Ministry of Environment and Food of Denmark, 2018-2022
Contact: Henrik Skov Midtiby, hemi@mmmi.sdu

Concluded projects


The project focuses on the development of techniques for optimizing software in embedded systems for both time, energy, and security, and to demonstrate that these techniques are applicable to drones, camera pills, space industry and smart IoT-systems.

EU Horizon 2020, 2018-2021
Contact: Emad Samuel Malki Ebeid,

Creative Sight

The purpose of the project is to develop a drone system to inspect ships for damages, wear and tear.

Den Danske Maritime Fond, 2018-2020
Contact: Brad Beach,

Valuing Christmas trees by using drones

The project explores how to use drones to optimise Christmas tree production by measuring the height of trees and counting how many Christmas trees are in each plantation.

Robocluster, 2020
Contact: Henrik Skov Midtiby, hemi@mmmi.sdu

Free the Drones (FreeD)

The project develops technologies that make it possible for drones to fly autonomously and safely Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS).

Innovation Fund Denmark, 2016-2020

Contact: Brad Beach,


The aim of the project is to develop a real-time data acquisition system for drones that can detect and track icebergs that are dangerous to the shipping vessels in the Artic.

Den Danske Maritime Fond, 2018-2020
Contact: Agus Hasan,

Innovation on Wings

The project supports small- to medium-sized Danish drone companies with the aim of bringing new ideas and products to the market faster and more successfully.

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Industriens Fond, 2016-2020
Contact: Mette Præst Knudsen, 

Drone-based pumpkin counting

Energi Fyns Udviklingsfond, 2017-2018
Contact: Henrik Skov Midtiby,

General Public's Privacy Concerns Regarding Drone Use in Residential and Public Areas

Report on General Public’s privacy concerns (resume)
Report on General Public’s privacy concerns (full report)

Danish Ministry of Transport, Building and Housing, 2017
Contact: Mette Præst Knudsen, 


SDU Strategic Funds
Contact: Henrik Skov Midtiby,

Drones for Energy

SDU strategic funds,  2018
: Emad Samuel Malki Ebeid,

Drone ID

Partners: Danish Transport and Construction Agency,  2016-2017
Contact: Kjeld Jensen,

AED Delivery Drone

Student project autumn 2017, MSc. Specialization in Drone Technology
Contact: Kristian Husum Terkildsen,


SDU strategic funds, 2018
Contact: Kjeld Jensen,


The Green Development and Demonstration Programme (GUDP),  2016-2017
Brad Beach,

BVLOS Fast Track

Contact: Brad Beach,

Drone Inspections of Fences

Energi Fyn, 2015-2018
Contact: Henrik Skov Midtiby,

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Last Updated 19.11.2021