SoarOregon: Innovation Day 2014

Excerpted from the Soar Oregon website :

Imagine a robot that could help search and rescue teams locate a lost hiker?  Help firefighters survey terrain in order to battle a forest fire?  Better manage the growth of our forests? Deliver and monitor crops?

In this afternoon session, you will meet three different finalists from a national competition for aerial robotics to be applied to social good. Winners of this competition will receive over $10,000 in prizes.   All applications will be commercial applications of the technology. The three finalist are:

Three Chicks and a Drone

Environmental scientist Pat Welle, along with her friends Veronica and Deb, is working with the Scappoose Bay Watershed Council, using a hobby multirotor equipped with a high-definition video camera to document Duck Lake and the surrounding environment, with the goal of enhancing wetlands in the area.  Scappoose Bay is located in Oregon, north of Portland.

Furman University

John R. Conrad, Mike Winiski, Taylor DeLench, Chase Fiedler, William Lewis  of Furman University utilized a hobby multirotor equipped with a high-definition video camera to plot the location of functioning streetlights in the Washington Heights and Poe Mill neighborhoods of Greenville, South Carolina. Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) techniques, the team was able to explore the relationship between nighttime illumination and crime.

Grady 3G UAV Team

Gardner Chambliss is a volunteer mentor to the Grady High School Robotics Team in Atlanta, Georgia. With his support and guidance, the students have participated in a series of demonstrations and projects, including working with law enforcement to study the potential use of drones in tactical situations such as bomb disposal and presenting to the Georgia Society of Professional Engineers.

This session includes detailed discussions behind the application of the technology, what were the key challenges faced in deployment, how the technology was developed, and how social impact will be measured.  You will also have a chance to vote on the three applications to nominate one of them for a “People’s Choice” Award.

In addition, we will have the Innovation Lab, an area with cool technologies from a variety of sources including:  Hoverlabs,Roswell Flight Test GroupFLIR Systems, and Aerial Technology InternationalHigh Desert Makers Mill, and students from First Team 753.  Mark Morrisson, Executive Director of SOAROregon, will provide a brief update on the UAV market in Central Oregon.

This event is open to the public, however, registration is required.

The cost to attend is free.  (Originally, we were charging for the event but received additional funding.)

The event  is sponsored by Intel Corporation and organized by SOAROregon.   The event will be hosted at Cascade Academy which is located outside of Bend, Oregon.

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  • Michael A.

    Great turnout! So good to see youth and adults alike embracing the technology and imagining new and useful ways to use it for good. A+

    August 25

  • Chen H.

    Excellent. Several teams from throughout the country participated.

    August 22

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