Drone research scoops top IT award for HDip graduates

L-R: Professor Peter McHugh Dean of CoEI, Ciaran Gallagher, George Greenslade, Kieran Cummins, Colin Barbour CISCO, Dr Michael Schukat, Head of Discipline of Information Technology Photo by Aengus McMahon
Nov 06 2017 Posted: 11:03 CST

Research into the navigation of unmanned aerial vehicles scooped the top award in the CISCO Best Group Project category at the IT awards ceremony 2017.  Graduates of the HDip in Software Design and Engineering, Kieran Cummins, George Greenslade and Ciaran Gallagher won the award for their work in the field.

The aim of their project was to allow unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) navigate indoors using image recognition.  While UAVs are controlled outdoors using GPS navigation, indoor use has been restricted, due to the difficulty associated with navigating without GPS.  It is here that image recognition comes to the fore, and the innovative project was supervised by Dr Seamus Hill at the IT Discipline.

The award was presented by Colin Barbour from CISCO at a ceremony, which took place on Friday, October 20th 2017 in the IT building.  In attendance were Sean Kyne TD,  Minister of State for Natural Resources, Community Affairs and Digital Development, Professor Peter McHugh, Dean of the College of Engineering and Informatics and Dr Michael Schukat, Head of Discipline of Information Technology.


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