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.”