Both fixed wing and multicopter UAVs have had a tremendous growth in many applications, such as:
-Transportation of goods.
This CVML Web Module focuses on Autonomous Drones, Drone Swarms. Drone Safety, Regulations, Drone Vision and their applications in Surveillance and Cinematography.
First, an introduction to UAV multicopters as well as to multiple drone systems are presented. Then, drone mission planning and control is overviewed, to be complemented by a lecture on drone mission simulations. Drone communications are overviewed, focusing on drone2ground multiple drone LTE communications, notably on multiple source video compression and streaming. Imaging for Drone Safety is also detailed, e.g., for crowd mapping and emergency landing site detection. To this end, Drone Regulatory Issues are overviewed.
An in-depth presentation of drone computational cinematography is provided that is useful in many applications, besides media production. Special Cinematography Issues encountered in Sports Filming are also presented. Drone Human-Computer Interface (HCI) issues are detailed both for mission planning and safety monitoring. Several Multiple Drone Media Production experiments are detailed. Publicly available Multidrone Datasets are overviewed. An extremely important drone imaging application, notably, UAV infrastructure inspection is overviewed as well.