"Neural Lander" Uses AI to Land Drones Smoothly

Neural Lander: Stable Drone Landing Control Using Learned Dynamics

Neural Lander: Stable Drone Landing Control Using Learned Dynamics

Professors Chung, Anandkumar, and Yue have teamed up to develop a system that uses a deep neural network to help autonomous drones "learn" how to land more safely and quickly, while gobbling up less power. The system they have created, dubbed the "Neural Lander," is a learning-based controller that tracks the position and speed of the drone, and modifies its landing trajectory and rotor speed accordingly to achieve the smoothest possible landing. The new system could prove crucial to projects currently under development at CAST, including an autonomous medical transport that could land in difficult-to-reach locations (such as a gridlocked traffic). "The importance of being able to land swiftly and smoothly when transporting an injured individual cannot be overstated," says Professor Gharib who is the director of CAST; and one of the lead researchers of the air ambulance project. [Caltech story]

Professor Mory Gharib

Professor Mory Gharib

Professor Anima Anandkumar

Professor Anima Anandkumar

Professor Yisong Yue

Professor Yisong Yue

Professor Soon-Jo Chung

Professor Soon-Jo Chung

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