News from SDU UAS Center

We create U-Space in Denmark!

1. juli 2020

Imagine a sky where drones and traditional airborne traffic flies safely side by side, and where the drones can fly BVLOS, beyond visual line of sight of the drone pilot.

This will soon become reality, when a new Danish collaboration establishes the first U-Space in Scandinavia in the skies above HCA Airport. In future, the new U-Space will cover all of Denmark.

The first test flights will take place already this autumn and will be conducted by the innovation projects HealthDrone and SqMFarm.

Partners in the Danish U-Space project are Naviair, Danish Transport, Construction, and Housing Authority, UAS Denmark, Funen Police, HCA Airport and SDU.

SDU play a leading role in the project and researcher Kjeld Jensen from SDU UAS Center shares his thoughts here on TV2Fyn.

 

 

Fyn går forrest i nyt droneprojekt, TV2Fyn

Press release from Naviair


“Drone birds” to inspect bridges and railroads in Europe

14. June 2020

A major EU-project led by SDU will develop an automatic drone system to monitor bridges, railroads, and other critical infrastructure over the next three years. The drones will fly in swarms, photograph and analyze the constructions, harvest energy from power cables, and notify if repairs are needed.

The comprehensive project named Drones4Safety has revived a grant of 26 million DKK through the EU’s Horizon 2020 program and it will run from June 2020-2023.

The consortium is led by associate professor Emad Samuel Malki Ebeid from SDU UAS Center.

Read more here

www.drones4safety.eu

Drones4Safety video


Drones4Safety kick-off in the media (selected coverage)

Droner skal overvåge infrastruktur, TV Avisen Morgen (00.26.50 og 01.49.12), 14. June, 2020 (in Danish)

Droner med kunstig intelligens skal selv tjekke revner i broer og jernbaner, DR Radioavisen P1/P4 kl. 9 (00:01:36), 14. June, 2020 (in Danish)

Nyt forskningsprojekt om droner, der skal hjælpe med at tjekke revner, DR P4 Regionalenyheder (fra start), 14. June, 2020 (in Danish)

Kloge droner skal selv tjekke revner i broer og jernbaner , Berlingske Tidende 14. June, 2020 (in Danish)

Kloge droner skal selv tjekke revner i broer og jernbaner, www.borsen.dk, 14. June, 2020 (in Danish)

Kloge droner skal selv tjekke revner i broer og jernbaner, Avisen.dk, 14. June, 2020 (in Danish)


SDU and Engineers Without Borders provide face masks in Africa

17. April 2020

Scientists from the Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Institute and the Department of Clinical Research at SDU have initiated a collaboration with Engineers Without Borders to produce and distribute face masks in Sierra Leone and Guinea-Bissau. The purpose is to limit contamination of COVID-19 and test the effectiveness of the masks.

Dylan Cawthorne and Kjeld Jensen play leading roles in the project.

Read the article here


Health drones are released over Funen

10. March 2020

After several months of training in the “playpen” in the UAS test center at the HCA Airport, the drones from the HealthDrone-project will now fly further into airspace.

The partnership has been authorized to undertake the first routine BVLOS-flights, and now test flights have begun.

Read the press release at Sundhedsdroner.dk

HealthDrone video

 


Drones to make short cut through the Arctic safe

Global warming has opened the Northeast and Northwest Passage and allowed ships to take a shortcut between Europe and Asia. Unfortunately, icebergs are still roaming and pose a danger to the ships. Now, drones are to help make the Passage safe.

Drone researcher Agus Ismail Hasan is leading the Artdrone project that aims to uncover the possibilities of using drones to map the icebergs in the area. The researchers hope to eventually be able to track all the icebergs, so they can be integrated into the global satellite-based navigation system, Galileo. This will enable ships to see the icebergs’ current position when crossing the Arctic.

Read the article Drones to make short cut through the Artic safe


SDU Eagles wins Danish Composite Award 2020

“We are a team of students passionate about engineering, seeking to push our own boundaries building an autonomous aircraft with a configuration never built before”, says a very honored team leader, André Sousa from SDU Eagles.

“This prize will help us pursuing vertical take-off and landing capabilities for our drone, which we aim to bring to the biggest student drone competition in Europe this summer, IMechE UAS Challenge 2020”.


Increased focus on research, education and innovation within drones and robots

24. February 2020

The new Danish Robot Strategy was launched at Universal Robots on 24. February. Here, Kjeld Jensen and Henrik Skov Midtiby from SDU UAS Center presented their research projects HealthDrone and Drone-based pumpkin counting to the Minister of Higher Education and Science, Ane Halsboe-Jørgensen, and Minister of Climate, Energy and Utilities, Dan Jørgensen. The projects aims at using drones within healthcare and agriculture as faster, cheaper and more sustainable solutions.

Danish National Robot Strategy (in Danish)


Drone-expedition to the Arctic

Researchers from SDU UAS Center are working on the ArtDrone project on how to make the Northwest Passage between Europe and Asia safe for Arctic shipping companies by using drones to detect and navigate around icebergs.

To find out how drones react to the harsh Arctic environment, drone experts Jussi Hermansen and Erling Hansen from SDU went on an expedition to Ilulissat in Greenland in November 2019 to test a series of drones flying over the ice fiord. The main goal of the expedition was to make initial investigations on how the cold weather affected the battery endurance and to test the infrared cameras mounted on the drones.

The drone tests went well, and the collected data, that include many hours of infrared recordings of icebergs, will now be subject to further investigations at SDU. The data will expectedly be used within the ArtDrone project to develop a long-range drone equipped with ice protection systems and infrared cameras mounted in a stabilized frame.

The ArtDrone project is led by Agus Hasan from SDU UAS Center and funded by The Danish Maritime Fond.

 Read more about the ArtDrone project and the  Artic drone-expedition.


Workshop for Site Specific Weed Management

The latest progress within automation of weed identification, weed mapping and site specific control of weeds with advanced sprayers and robots, were discussed by a group of 35 international researchers at TEK. The workshop took place from 31. October to 1. November 2019 and was hosted by Henrik Skov Midtiby from the UAS Center, Svend Christensen from University of Copenhagen and Ran Lati from Newe Ya'ar Research Center Israel. The workshop is arranged as an activity in the European Weed Research Society.

Henrik Skov Midtiby is working with mapping and computer vision and the workshop was related to the research project Square Meter Farming, where drones are used to monitor the fields of Gyldensteen Gods and provide information on soil status, crop growth and biological threats.

During the workshop the participants took a field trip to Gyldensteen Gods to see with their own eyes how drones can help the farmer optimize the yield of the fields.

More about the project Square meter Farming


SDU Eagles develops sustainable drone

The drone team SDU Eagles has developed a drone to transport goods that is 30 % more energy efficient. The drone has brought the team to the University Startup World Cup finals.
31. October 2019
The ambitions seem endless for the 12 students that make up the drone team SDU Eagles. When the students started building their drone in 2018, the first major challenge was to even get it in the air. Now, both the done and the ambitions are reaching for the sky.

- We want to revolutionize the way we transport goods. We have created a drone that flies on electricity and saves 30 % energy compared to other standard drones, says SDU Eagles team leader André Rangel de Sousa, who is studying Product Development and Innovation at SDU:

- Transportation is where most of our carbon emissions come from. But what if we used the sky instead of roads? Using drones for transportation can be very energy efficient.

Read the article

Prize to SDU Eagles in IMECHE UAS Challenge

Student drone team awarded the prize for  Most Promising Team in the world’s largest drone competition

SDU Eagles competed against 32 teams from all over the world in the world’s largest drone competition for students. The team has designed a new type of fixed winged drone to be used in humanitarian aid such as transport of emergency aid to remote areas.

SDU Eagles won the prize for Most Promising Team. “The jury really liked the design and quality of our drone’s construction. We were told that we were one of the most positive, cooperating and motivated teams in the history of the competition”, says team leader André Sousa, who studies mechanical engineering at SDU.

Now, the team will refine the drone and optimize the systems before next year’s IMECHE UAS Challenge 2020.

SDU Eagles is a voluntary student association at SDU and consists of 10-12 students with a passion for drones from different educations. The team is open for more interested members. 

Find SDU Eagles on Facebook.


New Research assistant Jes Grydholdt Jepsen

30th of April, 2019

Jes Grydholdt Jepsen has been employed as Research assistant at SDU UAS Center. Some of his first projects are to integrate drones with the indoor positioning system OptiTrack and working on the maritime project Creative Sight on using drones for inspecting the exterior parts of the vessel while it is in drydock. 

Jes comes from a position as Robotics developer at Blue Ocean Robotics, where he worked in the Product Development department on various kinds of development projects within Blue Ocean Robotics and the drone company Third Element Aviation.

Jes was in 2017 among the first two Robot engineers who graduated as a Master of Engineering with specialization in Unmanned Aerial Systems Technology from SDU.


Drone maps giant hogweed

February 2019, Gartner Tidende
Original title: "Drone kortlægger kæmpebjørneklo"

Drones can be an efficient tool in fighting invasive plant species. A project at University of Southern Denmark has mapped the population of giant hogweed, to enable targeted control.

More about the InvaDrone project


New Assistant professor Maryamsadat Tahavori

January 2019

Maryamsadat Tahavori is employed as Assistant Professor at SDUUAS Center from January 15th, 2019, and will be working on Free the Drones Project (FreeD).

Maryam's research focus is on path planning, optimization and fault tolerant control of UAVs. She will also contribute to teaching at "Robot Systems with specialization in Drone Technology” education.

Maryam received her PhD from Automation & Control section, Aalborg University. She was previously employed at Center for Energy Informatics, SDU as an assistant professor.


Drones to fly blood samples and doctors between hospitals

In three years, blood samples and Medical equipment will be flown with drones between Odense, Svendborg and Ærø.  Later, drones will also transport highly specialized healthcare professionals WHO need to arrive quickly. This will ensure better treatment and save the Danish Health care system for almost DKK 200 million a year.

Read the article "Drones to fly blood samples and doctors between hospitals"

HealthDrone in the media (selected articles)

Droner skal fragte blodprøver, udstyr og læger mellem sygehuse (in Danish)
Drawing of the day 
Jyllands-posten, 24. januar 2019

Direktør efter flyvetur i lægedrone: Jeg følte mig helt tryg (in Danish)
www.fyens.dk, 24. januar 2019

Droner skal transportere blodprøver - og personale - mellem fynske sygehuse (in Danish)
Ingeniøren, 25. januar 2019

Nu skal droner flyve med fynske blodprøver og speciallæger (in Danish)
TV2 News broadcast, 24. januar 2019

Droner skal flyve med blodprøver og læger (in Danish)
TV2 News broadcast, 24. januar 2019

Denmark to trial inter-hospital drone deliveries (in English)
Unmanned Airspace, 24 January 2019

Denmark HealthDrone project launched (in English)
UAS Vision

Denmark HealthDrone Project Launched (in English)
UAV DACH


New assistant professor Elzbieta Pastucha

1st of January 2019

Elzbieta Pastucha joined the SDU UAS Center on 1. January 2019 as an assistant professor within the areas of Computer vision and photogrammetry.

Elzbieta’s research interests lie within photogrammetry and its implication into drone applications, automation of spatial data processing, both images and LiDAR point clouds. The coming semester she will teach some classes on photogrammetry in the course “Robotics and Computer Vision2 for UAS”.

Elzbieta comes from a position at AGH University in Cracow, Poland in the Faculty of Mining Surveying and Environmental Engineering, department of Photogrammetry, Geoinformation and Remote Sensing of Environment.


Autonmous drones will find faults on powerlines

18th of November 2018, Ingeniøren

A Danish research project will develop swarms of drones, that in cooperation will be able to inspect powerlines for faults. The drones will charge their batteries directly from the powerlines.

Read the article "Selvflyvende droner skal finde fejl på ledninger"


Millions to lift drone cluster

12th of November 2018, www.fyens.dk

There are big perspectives but still a long way before funen drone businessess become as successful as our robot businesses.

Dean Henrik Bindslev from Faculty of Engineering at SDU understands the skepticism, but explains that drones today are where smartphones where in 2001, when people didn't know their full potential.

Read the article "Millioner i tilskud skal løfte droneklynge" (in Danish)


14 million to intelligent drones

1st of November 2018, www.sdu.dk

Overhead power lines should be inspected by intelligent drones that can identify faults on the wires on their own and upload energy from the high voltage cables when the battery goes flat. This will greatly reduce costs for electricity companies and ensure an even more stable power supply.

Emad Samuel Malki Ebeid from SDU UAS Center has just received DKK 14 million from the Innovation Fund Denmark for the project, Drones for Energy. Together with other partners, he is responsible for developing the drone technology which companies can ultimately create a groundbreaking new business out of selling.

Read article "14 million to intelligent drones"

Research project Drones for Energy

Articles on Drones for Energy (in Danish):

Drones will ensure cheaper power
www.innovationsfonden.dk:

14 mio. kr. to drone research: SDU will ensure cheaper power
www.tv2fyn.dk: 

Drones will inspect powerlines: Could this mean cheaper energy?
www.fyens.dk

Drones ensure cheaper energy
www.automatik.nu

Drones will harvest energy from power lines
www.danskenergi.dk

New drone project will ensure cheaper energy
www.energiwatch.dk


New PhD Student Adam Seewald

1st of November 2018

SDU UAS Center employed Adam Seewald as a PhD student within the EU-project TeamPlay from 1st of November. The topic of his PhD is "Low-power computer vision for drone systems" and his supervisors are Ulrik Pagh Schultz and Emad Samuel Malki Ebeid from the center.

Adam recently graduated from University of Verona upon his MSc thesis "Evaluation of Optimal Trajectories for Quadrotors with Indirect Methods in the presence of intermediate constraints" under the supervision of Paolo Fiorini and Fabrizio Boriero.

Adam’s main area of interests are embedded systems, robotics, aviation, and computer science.


Drones ensure 40.000 pumpkins more

17 October 2018, www.sdu.dk

By making use of new technology, Northern Europe’s largest pumpkin grower sold 40.000 pumpkins more. By means of drones, camera and image analysis, researchers from University of Southern Denmark succeeded in counting the pumpkins on the field. 

Read article "Drones ensure 40.000 pumpkins more"


TEK Teaching prize 2018 awarded to Henrik

Henrik Skov Midtiby from SDU UAS Center was awarded the TEK Teaching Prize 2018 for his great commitment within teaching and his ability to communicate highly academic material in an easily accessible manner. 

The TEK Teaching Prize is nominated by the students. As an example of Henrik’s commitment, he has created the website tekvideo.sdu.dk, that organizes teaching videos and interactive mathematical problems in smaller subjects, thus it acts as a tool for the students, who need to learn complex mathematics.

In addition to teaching, Henrik conduct research within computer vision and his communication skills made him one of the eight winners of PhD cup 2013.

Congratulations to Henrik!


Danish Defense sign drone agreement

www.tv2fyn.dk, National news broadcast, 14 September 2018

See "Forsvaret underskriver droneaftale" (in Danish)


The defense drones of the future are being created at Funen

www.tv2fyn.dk, National news broadcast, 14 September 2018

A new agreement between the Danish Defence and UAS Denmark will develop the future drones for the military

See "Fremtidens forsvarsdroner bliver skabt på Fyn" (in Danish)


60 ambassadors visited SDU UAS Test Center

21 August 2018

Danish ambassadors, who are posted all over the world daily, were invited for an inspirational tour of Funen with a focus on robots and drones. Here they visited SDU UAS Test Center at HCA Airport, where researchers and companies were ready to tell about their research and development projects and share how they look at the future in drone technology and the use of drones within areas such as agriculture, energy and health.

The Danish ambassadors facilitates cooperation between Danish and foreign research institutions and companies, and can help raise awareness of the Funen initiatives on robots and drones.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


General consul in Silicon Valley help technology companies on Funen

”Think big”, said the Danish consul general Katrine Joensen from Silicon Valley, when she visited SDU UAS Test Center. Together with 60 ambassadors, she was on a tech-inspirational tour of Funen: She sees a great potential in research cooperation with Stanford and Berkeley University and important investment opportunities in the robot and drone companies of Funen.

Read the article on Fyen.dk (in Danish)


New Research Assistant Vincent Klyverts Tofterup

Vincent Klyverts Tofterup was employed as a Research assistant at the SDU UAS Center on 1 August 2018. Before summer, Vincent graduated from the MSc in Robot Systems with a specialization in Drone Technology.

In his master thesis “Fail-Safe Module for UAS”, Vincent focused on the importance of safety, if the use of UAS is to keep growing. Vincent proposes a solution to this problem by retrofitting a parachute module on the UAS. The parachute module is controlled by a companion computer, that terminates the motor system if a failure is detected.

Vincent is interested in how UAVs can be integrated into existing systems; how they can be utilized as a tool that enhances functionality, effectivity, user experience, and the overall system performance.

Vincent will be working on the FreeD project.


New Research Assistant Tobias Lundby

SDU UAS Center hired Tobias Lundby as a Research assistant, right after his graduation from the MSc in Robot Systems where he specialized in Drone Technology.

Tobias’s master thesis topic was on UAV path planning using data based safety and efficiency parameters and his area of interest lies within the areas of Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM), path planning and navigation, safety and UAV design and manufacturing.

Tobias will be working on the Creative sight and Square meter farming projects and he will also be teaching, co-supervising and working within UAV safety.


SDU helps Danish police in the air with drones

Fyens.dk 7 July, 2018

Funen Police have been pioneers in using drones in their daily work, and this has been done in collaboration with SDU UAS Center. Now the drones will also fly in other police districts.

SDU hjælper dansk politi i luften med droner (in Danish)


Drones are not part of surveillance

Fyens.dk 7 July, 2018

Neither SDU UAS Center or the Funen Police department (Fyns Politi) sees drones as part of the surveillance society. On the contrary, drones will help citizens and ensure police safety.

Droner er ikke led i overvågning (in Danish)


Communication Price to Kristian Husum Terkildsen

18 June, 2018

Kristian Husum Terkildsen from SDU UAS Center won this year’s Engineer Communication prize “Ingeniørdysten” at Folkemødet 2018, where more than 100.000 visitors including politicians and researchers gathered this year.

Kristian won the competition over other Danish universities with his presentation of the AED Delivery Drone project that actually started at Folkemødet in 2017, where a visitor addressed the UAS researchers with the idea of using drones to fly out defibrillators to cardiac arrests at golf courses.

One year later, researchers and students from SDU UAS Center have developed a prototype of an autonomous AED delivery system for drones, in cooperation with companies such as Falck, Sky-Watch, OUH and Dansk Golf Union.

Congratulations to Kristian for first class communication! 


AED Delivery Drone project


Drones to inspect high-voltage cables

sdu.dk, June 2018

Drone researchers at SDU are developing autonomous drones which can inspect overhead power lines. Equipped with camera, sensors and the ability of self-charging, the drones will replace expensive helicopters.

Read article on sdu.dk


New Postdoc Martin Peter Christiansen

Martin Peter Christiansen was employed as a Postdoctoral Researcher on 1 May 2018.  He has research interests in mapping, localization, and simulation of Drones and other mobile robotics systems.

Martin has experience from both academia and industry with mobile robotics systems. He comes from a postdoc position at Department of Engineering, Aarhus University, where the research focus was on agricultural field mapping. The project consisted of two parts, LiDAR-based 3D mapping of individual fields using a drone and satellite-based remote sensing.


Energy drone attracts additional funding

25 April, 2018

Emad Ebeid from SDU UAS Center succeeded in attracting 177.120DKK from Energi Fyns Udviklingsfond (Energy Funen Development Fund).

The funds will support the development of drones that are able to inspect and charge directly from powerlines and is part of the SDU Strategic Focus project Drones for Energy.

 

Drones will kick the patients out of the hospitals

April 2018, MedicoTeknik

In future drones can help keeping patients out of the hospitals by shortening the hospitalisation period and helping patients to treatment in own home.

Patients could for instance do their own blod samples and send them by drones to the hospital.

Another scenario is drones delivering medicine, blod samples or medical equipment between the different hospital departments.

Article in Medicoteknik (in Danish)


In future defibrillators comes flying

March 2018, Hjerteliv

SDU UAS Center is testing drones to bring out debrillators in remote areas

Article in Hjerteliv (in Danish)

AED Drone project


First drone out of SDU Composite Lab

21 February, 2018

Already before the composite lab in HCA Airport is finished, it has resulted in a successfully flying drone.

Dylan Cawthorne from SDU UAS Center experimented with using the new composite 3D printer to build a lightweight and aerodynamic drone with few parts: one single-piece wing and one-piece body.

The resulting drone weighs 150 grams and has a wingspan of 30 cm. The drone is designed to transport small cargo up to 10 grams, like medication.

After a few test flights and some adjustments of the balance point and propeller size, the drone is now flying successfully.

Facts:

  • The drone was printed on a MarkForged MarkTwo composite 3D printer at SDU UAS Test Center
  • Wing print time: 12 hrs.
  • Fuselage print time: 5 hrs.

New Assistant Professor Hector Garcia de Marina

Hector Garcia de Marina is employed as Assistant Professor at SDU UAS Center from 1 February 2018.

Hector specializes in drone guidance, navigation and control systems and is among other things working with drone swarms. Additionally, Hector is one of the active developers in the open-source project Paparazzi for unmanned aerial systems.

He comes from a postdoc position at École Nationale de l’Aviation Civile in Toulouse, France, and obtained his PhD at Rijksuniversiteit Groningen in the Netherlands.


Researchers test people's reaction to drones

19 January, 2018

The altitude of  the flight is a deciding factor in whether drones are a disturbance and a cause for concern when they fly over people's houses and gardens.

Read article on www.sdu.dk


Drones and robots on the schedule in high school

A new cooperation between Mulernes Legatskole in Odense, The Laboratory for Coherent Education and Learning at Faculty of Science and SDU UAS Center at the Faculty of Engineering will put drones and robots on the schedule in the high school's math-physics-chemistry study program.

The partners have a common interest in strengthening and motivating the student’s interest in science and technical educations.

 

“The collaboration is a unique opportunity to bring research and education closer together, and thereby integrating knowledge from latest research on drones and robots in education," says Brad Beach, Head of SDU UAS Center.

Read article(in Danish)


Ph.D. position

A Ph.D. position for the Horizon 2020 project "Teamplay" on low energy computing in Drone systems has opened up at the SDU UAS Center.

Ph.D. advert


New Deputy Head of Center

Christian Klit Johansen is new Deputy Head of SDU UAS Center from 1 December 2017.

Christian comes from a position as Business developer at SDU RIO with special interests in robots, drones, and 3D print and has been part of creating four spin-out companies.

Before that he took part in starting up TEK Innovation and he has a history as project manager in RoboCluster.


Danish drone industry ready to take-off

2 December 2017, Mandag Morgen

Read article on mandagmorgen.dk(In Danish)


Best Paper

Emad Ebeid and Martin Skriver from SDU UAS Center had their paper “A Survey on Open-Source Flight Control Platforms of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle” selected as Best Paper. The paper was presented at EuroMicro DSD 2017 Conference in Vienna.

The selected paper will be published in a special issue of the ISI indexed Euromicro/Elsevier journal “Microprocessors and Microsystems: Embedded Hardware Design” (MICPRO) having the 2016 Impact Factor as high as 1.025


Drones from SDU count pumpkins

19 October, 2017, TV2 National News


Drones keep track of the pumpkins

18 October, 2017

Drones help Northern Europe’s largest pumpkin farmer at Gyldensteen Gods to count their pumpkins. Researches from SDU UAS Center has developed a computer program that inform the farmer how many pumpkins he can sell for Halloween.

Read the article at www.sdu.dk (in Danish)


Drones spot the best pumpkins

18 October, 2017

SDU UAS Center has developed a computer program that, with the help of drones, can count the good pumpkins at Gyldensteen Gods and thus minimize waste. The  computer program will be made available to other farmes and will, in the long term, be able to count other crops and plants.

Read the article on Fyens.dk (in Danish)


Drones with defibrillators

10 October, 2017,

News broadcast  Tv2Fyn.dk


Drones fly with defibrillators

10 October, 2017

Students at University of Southern Denmark are developing a drone to deliver a defibrillator at a golf course in Bogense.

The Defibrillator Associations of Northern Funen hope, that drones in future can ensure rapid cardiac assistance in the outer regions.

 Student model of defibrillator drone on golf course

Read article on www.fyens.dk (in Danish)


Live Demo Day HCA Airport kicked off TUS Nordic 2017

10 October, 2017

Drone players such as Drone Volt, RobSense Aalborg University, Elistar, Sky-Watch and SDU UAS Center presented and demonstrated their latest unmanned aircrafts and aerial systems at SDU Test Center, HCA Airport, on 10 October 2017.

The Live Demo Day marked the beginning of TUS Nordic 2017 that takes place in Odense Congress Center on 11-12 October.


In the future drones fly with defibrillators

A cooperation between SDU UAS Center and De Nordfynske Hjertestarterforeninger (Northern Funen Defibrillator association) will develop a drone that can fly with defibrillators.

Master students from Drone Technology at SDU are working on a reliable system for drone delivery of defibrillators on the HCA Golf course in Bogense, Northern Funen.

 

Read article on www.dr.dk


Special Consultant in Drones Jussi Hermansen

Jussi Hermansen is employed as Special Consultant at SDU UAS Center from October 1, 2017, where he works on several research projects including FreeD and EcoDrone.

Jussi is the founder of Viacopter, an online company that supplies drone solutions and systems. Jussi is originally educated as journalist and is  furthermore a board member in DroneDanmark.

Jussi’s daily workplace is at the SDU UAS Test Center at HCA Airport.


Kjeld Jensen awarded TEK Innovation Price 2017

An innovative mindset, excellent collaboration skills and a hard worker, was some of the words that Søren Elmer Kristensen from TEK Innovation used to describe Kjeld Jensen before handing over the TEK Innovation Price 2017.

Kjeld Jensen from SDU UAS Center was awarded the prize for his abilities within strategic partnerships and for his innovative and important research activities focusing on creating value for society. This makes him a worthy recipient of the TEK Innovation Price 2017.


Research Assistant Kristian Husum Terkildsen

Kristian Husum Terkildsen was employed as Research Assistant at SDU UAS Center on July 1, 2017, where he works on several research projects including FreeD, EcoDrone and General Public's Privacy Concerns Regarding Drone Use in Residential and Public Areas.

Kristian is one of the first graduates from the Civil Engineering in Robot Systems Engineering with specialization in Unmanned Aerial Systems Technology from SDU.


Approvals and Regulations manager Henning Mussegaard

Henning Mussegaard was appointed manager of Approvals and Regulations at SDU UAS Center on July 1, 2017. Henning is a trained pilot and worked for SAS for several years. He comes from a position in UAS Denmark, where he educated drone enthusiasts in laws and regulations in order for them to obtain professional drone license.

Henning’s daily workplace is at the SDU UAS Test Center at HCA Airport.


Emad Ebeid appointed senior member of IEEE

21 June, 2017

The appointment welcome Emad from SDU UAS Center in the exclusive club that includes only 7 percent of the 431,000 worldwide members of IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers).

Emad specializes in embedded electronics for drone technology and the senior membership is a recognition of professional maturity and sustained achievements.

Link to IEEE


Ph.D. Defense for Mads Dyrmann

Tuesday 27 June, 2017 at 13:00
Lamarr -Ø-29-602-2, Campusvej 55
Defense title: Automatic Detection and Classification of Weed Seedlings under Natural Light Conditions


Grant for drone-based pumpkin counting

15 May, 2017

Every year, the Funen pumpkin grower Gyldensteen Gods undertakes a large waste of pumpkins, because they do not know the exact number of pumpkins in the field before harvesting.

 

In a new cooperation, Henrik Skov Midtiby from SDU UAS Center will use pictures of the pumpkin fields taken by a drone to count the actual number of pumpkins using simple image analysis.

 

The drone-based pumpkin counting means that Gyldensteen Gods in advance will know how many pumpkins they have available and therefore can sell all their pumpkins and avoid waste. 

 

Gyldensteen Gods grow pumpkins on 80 hectares of land, resulting in around 400.000 pumpkins, harvested and packed in 6 weeks. 

Energy Funen’s Development Fund supports the project with 140.000 DKK.


Denmark's first international test center officially opened

8 May 2017
Ministers, drone companies, and researchers were gathered in SDU's new drone hangar for the opening of Denmark's new drone center, UAS Denmark, and the airspace dedicated to the flying and testing of drones.

Read the article on sdu.dk


DroneLab opens three big laboratories

6 May, 2017 

SDU UAS Center opens three laboratories for plastics and composits in HCA Airport, Odense. This creates a new environment for drone tests and development. At the same time SDU's engineering students get to learn about composites hands-on.

Read the article in Plast (in Danish)


Government designates large airspace on Funen for drones

5 May, 2017 

867 square kilometers of airspace dedicated to drones. Fast approval process for drones, and researchers and laboratories close by. Combined, these factors will ensure the best conditions for growth in the drone industry.

Read the article on sdu.dk


Space and millions to drones: New energy to the drone adventure at Funen 

5 May, 2017

Drones get a 900 km2 playground and the flight approval process in HCA Airport will be faster and easier - at the same time SDU  moves in and expects to invest up to 100 mio. DKK in Beldringe.

Read the article (in Danish) and hear the interview (in English) at www.fyens.dk


The drones get first priority to fly in airspace over Northern Funen

5. May 2017 

A great part of the airspace over Nortern Funen is now dedicated to drones and the new international test center at HCA Airport.

Read the article at www.tv2.dk


Drone Airbag

16 March, 2017

Dylan Cawthorne from SDU UAS Center has developed a drone airbag demonstrated for the Minister of Higher Education and Science, Søren Pind.

Watch the video at youtube


SDU awards DKK 60 million to selected research areas

6 March 2017

Three areas have such high growth potential for the benefit of society that the University is now awarding them an additional financial boost. These areas are drones, welfare innovation and open data.

Read article on www.sdu.dk


Talk by Henrik S. Midtiby at INTED17 Conference, Valencia

Taking pride in good and innovative teaching methods, researcher Henrik Skov Midtiby from SDU UAS Center participated in the 11th annual International Technology, Education and Development Conference (INTED17), March 2017.

Henrik gave a presentation on “Student’s benefit from video with interactive quizzes in a first-year calculus course”, discussing his experiences within interactive teaching.

Watch the præsentation on youtube


SDU UAS Center organizes session on System design for intelligent systems at DSD 2017 conference, Vienna

Emad Ebeid from the SDU UAS Center organizes a special session on drone technologies and system design for intelligent systems, at the 20thEuromicro Conference on Digital System Design 2017 (DSD 2017).

The scope of the special session addresses the heterogeneity in system design, supporting a better design of intelligent systems.

The conference takes place in Vienna 30 Aug. – 1 Sept., 2017.

Paper submission deadline: 15 April 2017
Link for Conference: 
http://dsd-seaa2017.ocg.at/sdis2017.html
CfP: 
http://dsd-seaa2017.ocg.at/files/CfP_SDIS2017_v8.pdf

For more information please contact Emad Ebeid, assistant professor, SDU UAS Center


SDU UAS  Center at Folkemødet on Bornholm 2017

For this year's Folkemødet  we will bring lots of hands-on activities for both kids and adults to show everybody the curious world of flying robots.

More information on our actitivites and talks will be available during spring.


Danish Science Festival 2017

SDU UAS Center will again this year contribute to the Danish Science Festival (Forskningens Døgn), 24-28 April. Last year we had a hands-on workshop "Build a drone", where kids as well as adults could build and fly their own drone.

Keep yourself updated on this year's activities. The program will be available soon.


Minister of Higher Education and Science visits SDU UAS Center

9 February 2017

On his first official visit to SDU Søren Pind, Danish Minister of Higher Education and Science, took time to come by the DroneLab to get an introduction on current and future initiatives from the SDU UAS Center.

At the end of the visit, Søren Pind showed his talents in drone flying – you never get too old to play.

Foto: Michael Katballe

View the video on Youtube

Søren Pinds visit to SDU

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New Assistant professor Emad Ebeid

Emad Ebeid is employed in the SDU UAS Center from 1 January 2017 within Embedded Electronics and will be working on Free the Drones project (FreeD). Emad comes from a position at Aarhus Universitet.

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New Assistant professor Agus Hasan

Agus Hasan is employed as Assistant professor within Control Theory from 1 December 2016 and will be working closely on Free the Drones project (FreeD). Agus was previously employed at NTNU (Norges Teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet) in Norway.

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Drone Center moves into 2250 square metres hangar

sdu.dk, 09 December 2016

A massive hangar in HCA Airport is to provide the framework for SDU's commitment to drones and make the airport a beacon for the development and testing of drones.

Read article on www.sdu.dk

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Drone research: Odense gets the benefit of the 25 million DKK

Fyens.dk, 4 November 2016

A united parliament agreed that 25 million DKK should go to Space and Drone research in 2017. It may come Odense's already well-developed drone environment for good

ead article on fyens.dk


Launch of Denmark's National Drone Strategi

Minister of Higher Education and Science Ulla Tørnæs and Minister of Transport and Building Hans Christian Schmidt announced Denmark's New Drone Strategy at SDU on 23 September 2016.


  About the Drone Strategy event on SDU

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E-16 Elektronikmesse

SDU UAS Center have a stand together with UAS Test Center Denmark at the big Electronics fair at Odense Congress Center  from 6-8 September.

8 September:
13.30-14.00: Kjeld Jensen: Drones "Size, Weight and Power", Talk in Hal C


Future farming is an apartment building run by robots

dr.dk, 6 September 2016

Interview with Henrik Midtiby, SDU UAS Center, about automation in farming.

www.dr.dk

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Jes dreams of a future with drones

Business Fyn, 30 August 2016

Jes Jepsen is among the first students at University of Southern Denmark to specialize in drone technology. In a year he will be one the first people to have Engineer with specialization in drones on his business card.

Business Fyn (in Danish)

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New PhD student Katarina Borovina

Katarina Borovina started her PhD project in August 2016 within biomimetic control of drones for BVLOS flight. Katarina’s principal supervisor is Professor John Hallam and co-supervisor is Associate Professor Jerome Jouffroy. The PhD project is part of Free the Drones project (FreeD).

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SDU centres leads new visionary project for Danish companies

sdu.dk, 7 July 2016

"Innovation på vinger" (innovation on wings) aims to strengthen Danish Companies' initiatives within innovation and drones. The project is supported by Industriens Fond that wishes to help companies in Denmark benefit from the opportunities in the drone area.

For more information (in Danish)

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Project Manager: Drone ideas must have air

Business Fyn, 30 August 2016

 Industriens Fond has granted 4 mio.  DKK to a new projects, that will strengthen the innovation in the Danish drone industry. Project manager is University of Southern Denmark in cooperation with UAS Denmark.

Business Fyn (in Danish)

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Drones at a higher level

Business Fyn, 30 August 2016

 When SDU in 2015 launched the Master of science programme in drone technology it was the first of its kind in Europe and the interest from students is great.

Business Fyn (in Danish)

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New Associate professor

Jerome Jouffroy is from July 2016 associated to the SDU UAS Center in a 40% associate professorship within control systems working on the Freed the Drones project (FreeD).
Jerome’s main association is with SDU Mechatronics at the Mads Clausen Institute in Sønderborg.

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Denmark project pairs drones and ladybirds

BBC.com, 2 June 2016

Could ladybird drones be the answer to reducing pesticide use? Danish researchers are developing an insect-dropping "eco-drone" for use in organic farming.

For more information

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Drones will bomb vermins with ladybugs and predatory mites

University of Southern Denmark will develop an EcoDrone, that can carry and spread ladybugs and predatory mites instead of pesticides. The EcoDrone will ensure efficient ecological production and reduce crop's loss of value due to insects.

More information in the media below (in Danish):

DR.dk, BT.dk, Jyllands-posten.dk, Ekstrabladet.dk, Landbrugsavisen.dk

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Folkemødet på Bornholm 2016

Come visit us in UAS Denmark's stand on Saturday and Sunday (18-19 June). There will be lots of drone talks and activities.

Official program:                                                                                                
17 June: Danmarks droner – Droner i Danmark, Kjeld Jensen, Ingeniørteltet
18 June: Tendenser i droneforskning, Brad Beach, UAS Denmark Stand
19 June: Dronerne kommer!, Brad Beach and Henrik Bindslev (TEK Dean), Advice tent
19 June: Droners fremtid i Danmark, Brad Beach, UAS Denmark Stand


Ministers visit the Drone Lab

Danish and Greenlandic Transport Ministers Hans Christian Schmidt and Knud Kristiansen visits the Dronelab together with Vice-Chancellor Henrik Dam on 10 June 2016. 
Dronetechnology students will demonstrate their drones and the Ministers will have the chance to fly their own drones.


Nordic Drone Games 2016, June 1

Join us at the Nordic Drone Games where we are blocking the airspace over HCA Airport for lots of Drone Demos and Games. You can network, meet the experts, get feedback on business ideas, challenge yourself and lots of other exciting drone stuff.

SDU UAS Center will host a Drone Game and Brad Beach will give a status on the progress of Drone Regulations in Denmark.

Nordic Drone Games 2016 programme


Drones to spread ladybirds

sdu.dk, 30 May 2016

Pests are to be fought with ladybirds and mites instead of pesticides. The University of Southern Denmark is to develop an ecodrone that will combat pests in completely new ways.

For more information

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Drones instead of pesticides

tvfyn.dk, 29 May 2016

Kasper Hallenborg, Head of Maersk Mc-Kinney Møller Institute, is interviewed about the EcoDrone that spreads ladybirds instead of pesticides.

Watch the interview (in Danish)


Nordic UAS Event 2016 (NUE16), June 2-3

SDU UAS Center will have two stands at the NUE16, which is the largest Unmanned Aircraft Systems expo, conference and demo in Northern Europe gathering end-users and industry specialists from the Nordic countries and around the world.

Nordic UAS Event 2016


RoboBusiness Europe 2016

SDU UAS Center will take part in RoboBusiness Europe in Odense from June 1-3 2016.

Brad Beach will chair session 6: Technology: The Future is Unmanned: In the Air and Underwater and give a talk on: Impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on Unmanned Systems: Air, Ground, Sea & Space.

RoboBusiness Europe is a business develop conference and exhibition with more than 100 exhibitors, 1000 attendees and over 120 speakers.

For more Information


XPONENTIAL 2016, New Orleans

Brad Beach and Kjeld Jensen represents SDU UAS Center at the Danish Pavilion on the world leading UAS Event on 2-5 May in New Orleans.

The Danish Pavilion showcase the UAS Industry developing in Denmark by exhibitors Skywatch, UAS Test Center Denmark, DTU, AAU and SDU.

EXPONENTIAL attracts 7,000 attendees, 600 plus exhibitors and 250 plus press and media, making it the largest Unmanned Systems event for everything unmanned – air, ground and maritime, defense and commercial.

For more information
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Airbus is landing on Funen

tv2fyn.dk, 12 April 2016

Co-operation between SDU UAS Center and Airbus Defense & Space gives master students the opportunity to be trained in the construction and development of Eurofighter at the Airbus factories in Germany.

For more information (in Danish)


Workshop: National Strategy on Development and Application of Drones

SDU UAS is co-hosting a workshop on 6 April 2016 arranged by Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation (Styrelsen for Forskning og Innovation).

Invited speakers and participants will elaborate on a national strategy for drones within areas such as education, research and development, industry, internationalization, standardizations and public use of drones.

Venue: Cortex Park, SDU, Odense, April 6, 2016
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Fund Invests Heavily in Robots for Aircraft Manufacturing

www.borsen.dk, 3 February 2016

Loads of manual work are coming to an end, when the company Terma Aerostructures starts building panels to the aircraft industry with the help of researchers from three Danish universities.

For more information.

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Research project will enable drones to fly free

sdu.dk, 19 January 2016

The use of drones is severely limited by the need for visual contact between a pilot and his drone, but a new research project will make drones so safe that they can fly free. It could be the embryo of an idea for a new business adventure.

For more information

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Millions to Danish drone research

tvfyn.dk, 19 January 2016

SDU UAS Center has been granted 10 mio. DKK for the research project Free the Drones (FreeD). The goal of the project is to develop technologies that enables drones to navigate freely and safely beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS).

For more information (in Danish)

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SDU will shape the future of drone technology with groundbreaking study programme

Faculty of Engineering, 14 April 2015

SDU (University of Southern Denmark) is launching a Master of Science in Engineering study programme specialising in drone technology - the first of its kind in Europe. The engineers of tomorrow who will deliver solutions for the rapidly growing drone industry will be educated here.

Click here for more information

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Flying Robots: SDU is taking on Drones

fyens.dk, 25 February 2015

Drones are not only a new tool, they are also fun to control.

Click here for more information (in Danish).

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Drone Course at University of Southern Denmark

Ingeniøren, 2 January 2015

Denmark's first training course in drone technology starts in February 2015 inviting students as well as others having an interest in the subject.

Click here for more information (in Danish).

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Researchers Preparing Denmark for a Drone Future

TV2 Fyn, 29 December 2014

The big gadget hit under the Christmas tree this year has been drones. The remote-controlled flying toy is really a tool that we need to learn how to make the best possible use of according to scientists from the University of Southern Denmark, who now starts a new, open course in drone technology.

Click here for more information (in Danish).

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Now You Can Learn How to Fly Drones

Fyens, 29 December 2014

University of Southern Denmark now offers courses in drone flying - the initiative is the first of its kind in Denmark.

Click here for more information (in Danish).

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