©2018 by René García Franceschini.

Use of sUASs for Infrastructure Monitoring in Communications-Constrained Environments
SuperUROP Research and Innovation Scholar,
Resilient Infrastructure Networks Lab

When I began my SuperUROP project in the fall of 2017, I decided to focus in on a very relevant issue at the time: disaster response. In the wake of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and María, I joined the Resilient Infrastructure Networks Lab and, in collaboration with Lincoln Laboratory set out to improve drone routing in areas with poor GPS or 4G LTE communications coverage. I combined a GRASP routing algorithm approach with Gaussian process regression to arrive at a routing policy that reduced computational times.

My project was featured as part of the MIT front page coverage of the SuperUROP showcase: Showcasing the results of students' real-world research.

I wrote a blog post about this project on the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department Website: Infrastructure monitoring in communications-constrained areas.

Awards:

Audience Choice for Best Poster, SuperUROP Showcase