WIRD4 - Water Investigation and Research with Drone

Whats the project about

This project shows and teaches the fundamental understanding and implementation of a practical robotic system with defining a scientifically sustainability-exploration-task on the investigation of the water quality, water fauna, water temperature, water acidity in the lake of Storsjön in Östersund and collect research data using this robot system. 

The project consists of three parts:

1. In this initial phase the students will acquire the knowledge and understanding how the Lakes and Rivers in Sweden (including Storsjön) play a role in the context of sustainability (economical, ecological, social aspects). Out of this, they are defining one or more research question, which would the focus on the investigation with the aid of the two OPEN ROV robots. 

2. The second part is to get to know and getting the OPEN ROV robot platforms ready to conclude the research defined above. In this task Software- and Firmware-development with sensors/actors and webservices integration are realized and these improvements have to be tested to get the robots ready.

3. Collecting research data and summarize the research data. Presentation of the data in an appropriate form.

Study areas

Ideally 5-8 students in order to form 2 teams with each of them working on one robot. Each team should have at least one student of the field environment, energy or management with sustainability background for developing different ecological, economical models. Mechanical, Electronic, Computer-Science-Students and/or Students with Engineering background for testing and extending the robot platform with the desired sensors, programming additional functionality and improving the platform for stable investigation dives would also be demanded in this project


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Martin Vogel
Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts