Current Activities

Drones Field Test by Luleå University of Technology

The research group at Robotics and AI at Luleå University of Technology, targets the integration of fully auotnomous drones in underground mines. These drones will be deployed as agile inspectors and first response units for hazardous or high-risk areas. Additionally, the drone will be equipped with a sensor suite, to autonomously navigate along the tunnel and collect mine oriented valuable information (images, gas levels, 3D models, etc). In the sequel, the captured data will be used from the mine operators for further analysis to determine the status of the inspected area.

 

Thus we are trying to demonstrate the utilization of drone in underground tunnels, extend its capabilities to low-light and unstructured underground environments, and evaluate sensor suits for harsh underground tunnels data-collection. The main goal is to develop innovative solutions that can rapidly and remotely map, navigate, and search complex environments to increase the overall safety and performance of the mining operations.

 


1st illuMINEation Newsletter - April 2021

The 1st  illuMINEation Newsletter has been published in April 2021. Download the Newsletter to find out more about current project activities.

1st illuMINEation Newsletter - April 2021

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The illuMINEation project takes part at the EU virtual booth at the PDAC 2021 from 8 - 11 March.

Project Summary

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Project Introduction

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