“In situ info.” Prototype for Using on Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)

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jirayuth jantawong
Phulkjika Sooksirimuch


Artificial intelligence (AI) is now being used to analyze images acquired from mounted cameras on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for an application of delineating addictive crops in highland crop fields, in the valley or in the wilderness. It can also be adopted to process images near real time. This makes it possible to find the desired goals more clearly. This paper elaborates the current study of an AI system installed on a small UAV to detect addictive plants for processing and analyzing camera images immediately after the time of image acquisition. All the results will work on the device mounted on the UAV that was named “In situ info.”. The goal of this system was divided into three parts i.e., the integration of basic AI systems, an AI prototype for detecting addictive plants on a small UAV, and test of the AI prototype on a small UAV in real-world settings. In this article, we describe the initial integration of the AI system. Due to the analysis of data on a small UAV, the criteria for the selection of equipment had to be small and lightweight. This was a limitation in the selection of equipment to be installed on a small UAV. In the AI system studied, a readily available flower modeled as an addictive plant was used to model in TensorFlow version 1.15 through the SSD Mobilenet version 2 architecture by creating a “One class classification” model. It was the system used to process images. This will test the model through the camera system used for installation on the small UAV both prime lens and zoom lens cameras. Embracing the AI system to work with various types of cameras as mentioned above, we obtained results in accordance with the study objectives.


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jirayuth jantawong and P. Sooksirimuch, “‘In situ info.’ Prototype for Using on Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)”, DTAJ, vol. 5, no. 11, pp. 4–13, Feb. 2023.
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