Project Details

Framework of key enabling technologies for safe and autonomous drones´ applications

Project Period: 1. 10. 2019 - 30. 9. 2022

Project Type: grant

Code: 8A19003, 826610

Agency: ECSEL Joint Undertaking

Program: Společná technologická iniciativa ECSEL

Czech title
Rámec klíčových technologií umožňujících bezpečné a autonomní aplikace dronů

UAV, drones, composition, autonomy, security, safety, interoperability


UAVs/drones can perform air operations that manned aircrafts struggle with, and their use brings significant economic savings and environmental benefits whilst reducing the risk to human life. UAV-based service and product innovation, as driven by increased levels of connectivity and automation, is curtailed by the growing dependence on poorly interoperable proprietary technologies and the risks posed to people, to other vehicles and to property. This issue was identified to have high impact on European innovation by SESAR JU, which demands R&D investments and incentives for the convergence of shared technologies and markets as a remedy. Actions creating globally harmonized, commercially exploitable yet widely accessible R&D ecosystems should be publicly performed. The COMP4DRONES project complements SESAR JU efforts with particular focus on safe software and hardware drone architectures. COMP4DRONES brings to bear a holistically designed ecosystem from application to electronic components, realized as a tightly integrated multi-vendor and
compositional UAV embedded architecture solution and a tool chain complementing the compositional architecture principles. The ecosystem aims at supporting (1) efficient customization and incremental assurance of UAV embedded platforms, (2) safe autonomous decision making concerning individual or cooperative missions, (3) trustworthy drone-todrone
and drone-to-ground communications even in presence of malicious attackers and under the intrinsic platform constraints, and (4) agile and cost-effective compositional design and assurance of UAV modules and systems. COMP4DRONES will also build an open sustainable ecosystem around public, royalty-free and implementation-driven software platform standards that will ease the development of new UAV functionalities for multiple application domains. COMP4DRONES achievements will be demonstrated through domain specific use-cases (construction, agriculture, delivery, logistic, sensing, swarm).

Team members
Zemčík Pavel, prof. Dr. Ing. (UPGM FIT VUT) , research leader
Chudý Peter, doc. Ing., Ph.D. MBA (UPGM FIT VUT) , team leader
Smrž Pavel, doc. RNDr., Ph.D. (UPGM FIT VUT) , team leader
Beran Vítězslav, Ing., Ph.D. (UPGM FIT VUT)
Herout Adam, prof. Ing., Ph.D. (UPGM FIT VUT)
Chlubna Tomáš, Ing. (UPGM FIT VUT)
Juránková Markéta, Ing., Ph.D. (UPGM FIT VUT)
Klíma Ondřej, Ing. (UPGM FIT VUT)
Koplík Karel, Ing. (UPGM FIT VUT)
Novák Jiří, Ing. (UPGM FIT VUT)
Starka Tomáš, Ing. (UPGM FIT VUT)
Španěl Michal, Ing., Ph.D. (UPGM FIT VUT)
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