Dirk Gorissen
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Runaway academic with a background in machine learning and UAS research. Tech4Good and STEM Ambassador.
Please tell us a bit about your UAV interest
Used to work in academia on design systems for 10-30kg fixed wing UAS. Now involved with a drone startup and doing a lot of flying and tinkering on the side. Particular interest in robotics and machine learning.
Southampton, UK


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Marine Litter Mapping

Posted on July 13, 2016 at 11:16am 3 Comments

Marine litter is a huge problem with lots of statistics that boggle the mind. Most people will also have heard of the North Pacific Gyre, or rather, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. It occupies a relatively stationary area that is twice the size of Texas. What we are trying to do with The Plastic…


Where’s Susi? Airborne Orangutan Tracking in Borneo with Pixhawk & Dronekit

Posted on April 20, 2016 at 5:41am 12 Comments

You are faced with a few thousand hectares of rainforest that you know harbours one or more orangutans that you need to track down. All you have is a 2 second VHF ping from an implant that you can pickup from 100-400m.

Where, how, and why do you start looking? One way is to use a drone with a suitable radio payload..…


Deep Drone v2

Posted on December 24, 2015 at 9:04am 6 Comments

In a last post I discussed my little flying object detector project that I’ve been doing for fun. While it worked it relied on communication with an external laptop in order to work (the on board odroid was not powerful enough to run the convnet model).

Hence, what better excuse to buy an NVIDIA Jetson TK1 dev board which should have more than enough…


Deep Drone: A Flying Object Detector with caffe, dronekit, and zeromq

Posted on November 12, 2015 at 4:30pm 5 Comments

About a year and a half ago I saw Jetpac’s video of their Spotter app and I remember thinking at the time that it would be so cool to get this flying on a drone. Some poking got me a little towards that goal but its not until the past week that I sat down and rewrote the…


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