Drs. Raman Paranjape and Mehran Mehrandezh,
two professors in the Faculty of Engineering and
Applied Science, are leading a software development
team that is on the cutting edge of Vision-based
Simultaneous Localization and Mapping or V-SLAM.
The team has developed software and coupled it
with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) that not only
allows a UAV to fly unaided, but it can also precisely
map out a 3D space from a bird's-eye point of view.
The technology is attracting attention from a variety
of potential users. The RCMP is interested in using
the software to accurately and quickly map out
accident scenes. Utilities are interested in it to check
pipelines and power lines and governments are
seeing its capability to monitor road conditions.
As for the future of this technology, the sky is
(Left to right) Dr. Mehran Mehrandezh (Industrial Systems Engineering) and Dr. Raman Paranjape
(Electronic Systems Engineering) look on while master's student Shehryar Khurshid controls a
UAV with a smart phone.