The Uni­ver­si­ty of Arkansas last week host­ed a drone demon­stra­tion just north of the uni­ver­si­ty near the Agri­cul­tur­al Park off Gar­land Avenue, pro­vid­ing an oppor­tu­ni­ty to see appli­ca­tions in archi­tec­ture, engi­neer­ing, oper­a­tions, sup­ply chain man­age­ment, agri­cul­ture, geospa­tial analy­sis and oth­er fields.

The demon­stra­tion will take place at Gar­land Farm, an exper­i­men­tal farm that aims to solve crit­i­cal agri­cul­tur­al chal­lenges. Drones can be used in agri­cul­ture for crop mon­i­tor­ing, yield pre­dic­tion and dis­ease detec­tion, among oth­er things. The event will show­case research and advances in remote sens­ing, sup­ply chain man­age­ment, inspec­tion and the devel­op­ment of 3D ‘dig­i­tal twins’.

“Drones and their sophis­ti­cat­ed sen­sors, such as LiDAR, ther­mal and mul­ti-spec­tral cam­eras, and high-res­o­lu­tion map­ping cam­eras, enable us to map and mon­i­tor the nat­ur­al and built envi­ron­ment with greater pre­ci­sion and fre­quen­cy than ever before,” said Jack­son Cothren, direc­tor of the Cen­ter for Advanced Spa­tial Tech­nolo­gies at the uni­ver­si­ty.

“We are still learn­ing how to man­age and effec­tive­ly use the mas­sive amounts of data gen­er­at­ed by these sys­tems.”

The event fea­tures demon­stra­tions of dif­fer­ent drone types and their func­tions. Uni­ver­si­ty pro­fes­sors and researchers will give pre­sen­ta­tions on how drones can increase effi­cien­cy in var­i­ous engi­neer­ing and tech­nol­o­gy fields. Atten­dees will have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to gain hands-on expe­ri­ence with drones and to ask ques­tions about poten­tial career paths.

“Drone tech­nol­o­gy is rev­o­lu­tion­is­ing the way we do things, and the Uni­ver­si­ty of Arkansas is lead­ing the charge in this field,” said Richard Ham, asso­ciate direc­tor of the Mas­ter of Sci­ence in Engi­neer­ing Man­age­ment and Oper­a­tions Man­age­ment. We are thrilled to show­case our work and inspire the next gen­er­a­tion of lead­ers in this excit­ing field.”