Title: Real-time Artificial Intelligence for DEcision support via RPAS data analyticS


Grant agreement no: UCPM-2019-PP-AG/873240


Duration: 1 January 2020 – 31 December 2021


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Research area:

Currently, the majority of first responders seeking to introduce Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) units into their operations are quickly stumbled upon the deluge of collected data and reside merely on snapshots to inform incident commanders of the situation in the field. The AIDERS project aims at developing application-specific algorithms and novel mapping platform that will harness the large volume of data that first responders are now able to collect through heterogeneous sensors (including visual, thermal and multispectral cameras, LIDAR, CBRN sensors, etc.) on-board RPAS units, and converting that data into actionable decisions for improved emergency response.

To address this challenge, the AIDERS project will capitalize on:

  1. the long-lasting collaboration of the first responder and technical partners in the consortium to identify which information needs to be extracted from the collected data,
  2. design online machine learning algorithms to process and analyse the received data in real-time in order to build knowledge maps, and
  3. implement novel visualizations that higher-command can use to take intelligent decisions.

The second objective is to deploy the developed AI toolkit in small and large real-life exercises to investigate its potential benefits and capabilities to effectively support the missions of first responders. By the end of the project, the intention is to deliver a stable version of the developed software, made available as an open source software (OSS) toolkit that can be easily downloaded and installed by first responders. The third objective is to share the knowledge gained in developing the AI toolkit and the experience gained in using it during exercises in: a) courses of the UCPM Training Programme (including the Assessment Mission Course), b) workshops conducted in each country of the participating end-user partners of the consortium, and c) conferences and journal publications made by the technical partners of the consortium.




The project has received funding from the European Union Civil Protection Call for proposals UCPM-2019-PP-AG for prevention and preparedness projects in the field of civil protection and marine pollution under grant agreement No 873240




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