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How We're Using Drones for Zika Control

Mosquitoes are one of the world’s biggest killers, responsible for spreading deadly diseases including Zika, dengue and malaria. Among the many ways being researched to combat this threat is the Sterile Insect Technique (SIT) – flooding…

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Added by Patrick Meier on January 11, 2018 at 9:48am — No Comments

World Bank launches Open AI Challenge for Aerial Imagery of South Pacific

Disasters in the South Pacific are a reality. In the past 10 years, major Cyclones have seriously affected hundreds of islands across Fiji, Tonga, Vanuatu and Samoa to name a few; disrupting millions of lives and causing millions of dollars of…

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Added by Patrick Meier on January 11, 2018 at 9:30am — 3 Comments

Sign Up for the WeRobotics Roster!

WeRobotics is an international NGO dedicated to scaling the positive impact of social good projects through the localization and responsible use of appropriate robotics solutions such as UAVs/drones. We work in multiple…

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Added by Patrick Meier on June 13, 2017 at 11:31am — 2 Comments

World Food Program Partners with WeRobotics to Improve UAV Coordination

The World Food Program (WFP) is officially partnering with WeRobotics to develop coordination mechanisms to guide the safe and effective use of aerial robotics (UAVs) in response…

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Added by Patrick Meier on April 3, 2017 at 12:24am — No Comments

Videos: Cargo Drones Deliver in the Amazon Rainforest

The Amazon is home to thousands of local indigenous communities spread across very remote areas. As a result, these sparsely populated communities rarely have reliable access to essential medicines and public health services. Local doctors in the region of…

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Added by Patrick Meier on February 13, 2017 at 12:16am — 6 Comments

First Ever Cargo Drone Deliveries in Amazon Rainforest

The Amazon is home to thousands of local indigenous communities spread across very remote areas. As a result, these sparsely populated peoples rarely have reliable access to essential medicines and public health services. Local doctors in the region report an average…

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Added by Patrick Meier on December 22, 2016 at 7:41am — 5 Comments

The Most Comprehensive Study on Drones in Humanitarian Action

In August 2015, the Swiss humanitarian organization FSD kindly hired me as a consultant to work on the EU-ECHO funded Drones in Humanitarian Action program. I had the pleasure of working closely with FSD and team during the past 16 months. Today represents the culmination of a lot of hard work by many dedicated individuals. Today we’re launching our comprehensive report on “Drones in Humanitarian…

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Added by Patrick Meier on December 2, 2016 at 7:30am — No Comments

TEDx Talk on Humanitarian Drones

I recently gave a TEDx talk on Humanitarian Drones. Aside from my slip up on triangles vs rectangles (sigh), I hope that talks like this will help get the word out about the very real humanitarian applications of aerial robotics. …
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Added by Patrick Meier on November 2, 2016 at 10:45am — 6 Comments

Largest Survey To Date Confirms Humanitarian Groups Favor of Using Drones

I've been working with the Swiss Humanitarian Organization FSD on a number of Humanitarian UAV Research Projects since 2015. The results of one of these projects is finally public: The Drones in Humanitarian Actions Survey,…

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Added by Patrick Meier on September 8, 2016 at 3:36pm — No Comments

World Bank: Call for Interest - Field Testing UAVs in Small Island States

Please find here the World Bank's official Call for Interest to field-test UAVs for a range of humanitarian…

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Added by Patrick Meier on September 6, 2016 at 9:49am — No Comments

This is How Nepalis are Using Drones for Humanitarian & Environmental Projects

In September 2015, we were invited by our partner Kathmandu University to provide them and other key stakeholders with professional hands-on training to help them scale the positive impact of their humanitarian efforts following the devastating earthquakes. More…

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Added by Patrick Meier on June 29, 2016 at 9:51am — No Comments

Rockefeller Foundation Funds Humanitarian Drones Startup

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Our world is experiencing an unprecedented shift from manually controlled technologies to increasingly intelligent and autonomous systems powered by artificial intelligence (AI). I believe that this radical shift in both efficiency and productivity can have significant positive social impact when it is channeled responsibly, locally and sustainably.…

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Added by Patrick Meier on May 18, 2016 at 5:03am — 3 Comments

Combining Human Computing and Machine Learning to Make Sense of Big (Aerial) Data for Disaster Response

Recently published peer-reviewed scientific article:

Aerial imagery captured via unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) is playing an increasingly important role in disaster response. Unlike satellite…

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Added by Patrick Meier on March 24, 2016 at 7:58am — 3 Comments

Using Aerial Robotics and Virtual Reality to Inspect Earthquake Damage in Taiwan

The 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck southern Taiwan shortly before 4 in the morning on Saturday, February 6th. Later in the day, aerial robots were used to capture areal images of the disaster damage, like the one below.…

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Added by Patrick Meier on February 7, 2016 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Video: Crisis Mapping Nepal with UAVs

I had the honor of spearheading this disaster recovery UAV mission in Nepal a few weeks ago as part of Kathmandu Flying Labs. This Flying Lab is the first of several local UAV innovation labs that I am setting up with friends and…

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Added by Patrick Meier on November 4, 2015 at 10:15am — 1 Comment

Using Computer Vision to Analyze Aerial Big Data from UAVs During Disasters

Recent scientific research has shown that aerial imagery captured during a single 20-minute UAV flight can take more than…

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Added by Patrick Meier on October 13, 2015 at 9:54am — 2 Comments

In Nepal, a model for using drones for humanitarianism emerges

The Humanitarian UAV Mission I spearheaded in Nepal a couple weeks ago was just…

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Added by Patrick Meier on October 7, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

The First Ever 3D Model of a Refugee Camp Made with Drone Imagery

 

A colleague of mine just returned from overseas where he flew a UAV as part of an independent exploratory project. He did so with permission and also…

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Added by Patrick Meier on August 17, 2015 at 8:00am — 18 Comments

Using Drones to Map Diamond Mines and Reduce Conflict in Africa

In June 2014, a joint USAID and USGS team used a small UAV to map artisanal diamond mining sites in Western Guinea. The purpose of this UAV mission was to support the “Kimberley Process (KP), an international initiative aimed at preventing…

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Added by Patrick Meier on August 11, 2015 at 6:38am — 2 Comments

Drones: A force for good when flying in the face of disaster (UK Guardian)

Unmanned aircraft can be put to effective use in humanitarian situations, but a code of conduct is needed to make sure they are used safely and efficiently

UK Guardian, July 28,…

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Added by Patrick Meier on July 29, 2015 at 4:33am — No Comments

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