Dr Aaron Mcfadyen, Chief Investigator at QUT Centre for Robotics has been awarded $300k as a recipient of the Advance Queensland Research Fellowship. The fellowship will allow Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and Airservices Australia to develop new and advanced technologies that will allow for the fast, safe, and automatic approval of drone operations.
During COVID19 drones have been used to deliver critical medicines & supplies to vulnerable people & isolated communities around the world and Dr Mcfadyen plans on developing drone management technology to scale up drone services and better prepare Queensland communities for future pandemics and natural disasters.
The funding will allow the team to develop risk-based algorithms that enable automatic and near real-time drone flight approvals in regional and metro locations. These algorithms will be prototyped in a web-based tool hosted by Airservices for use by the airspace manager as well as drone operators. Aaron and the team will test the platform using real drone operations then position the technology for commercialisation.