Life Signs Detector Using a Drone in Disaster Zones

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Al-Naji, Ali, Perera, Asanka G., Mohammed, Saleem Latteef and Chahl, Javaan. 2019. "Life Signs Detector Using a Drone in Disaster Zones." Remote Sensing. 11 (20). https://doi.org/10.3390/rs11202441
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Life Signs Detector Using a Drone in Disaster Zones

ERA Journal ID201448
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsAl-Naji, Ali, Perera, Asanka G., Mohammed, Saleem Latteef and Chahl, Javaan
Journal TitleRemote Sensing
Journal Citation11 (20)
Article Number2441
Number of Pages12
Year2019
PublisherMDPI AG
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
ISSN2072-4292
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.3390/rs11202441
Web Address (URL)https://www.mdpi.com/2072-4292/11/20/2441
Abstract

In the aftermath of a disaster, such as earthquake, flood, or avalanche, ground search for survivors is usually hampered by unstable surfaces and difficult terrain. Drones now play an important role in these situations, allowing rescuers to locate survivors and allocate resources to saving those who can be helped. The aim of this study was to explore the utility of a drone equipped for human life detection with a novel computer vision system. The proposed system uses image sequences captured by a drone camera to remotely detect the cardiopulmonary motion caused by periodic chest movement of survivors. The results of eight human subjects and one mannequin in different poses shows that motion detection on the body surface of the survivors is likely to be useful to detect life signs without any physical contact. The results presented in this study may lead to a new approach to life detection and remote life sensing assessment of survivors.

KeywordsWavelet; denoising; OpenPose; UAV; drone; motion detection; cardiopulmonary motion
Contains Sensitive ContentDoes not contain sensitive content
ANZSRC Field of Research 20204007. Control engineering, mechatronics and robotics
Byline AffiliationsMiddle East Technical University, Turkey
University of South Australia
Defence Science and Technology Group, Australia
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