aeroSee and drone journalism
John Mills
Researcher
@_johnmills
MEDIA INNOVATION STUDIO
• We are an international research centre based in the School of Journalism and Media at the
Unive...
aeroSee
• Seeks to innovate both engineered
drones, control software and
explore a range of UAV uses
• Unites Media Innova...
Background: Drones and Journalism
• Potential technological “tipping” point
– UAVs are increasingly affordable and offer c...
Industry beginning to recognise
the potential…
UAVs: a growing ‘citizen community’
Regulation and ethics
• Civil aviation authority regulates of UAVs:
• Operator must retain a direct line of
sight to drone...
aeroSee: the concept
• Key question: Can search and
rescue services benefit from
crowd-sourced image analysis?
• Promote d...
Digital potential: the power of the crowd
Creation of search agents
• Can the crowd and interested parties to and tag
missing individuals
• Would the search and res...
The first trial
Image data UAV
Internet
UCLAN
Servers
Crowd sourced
Imagery analysis
Crowd sourced
imagery analysis
by ‘Se...
Search Agents
• Access UAV and journalism community
• Co-creation of out
• Market
• Crowdfunding
Key findings
• 1000 „search agents‟ registered
• 4765 tags placed on images
• Image set searched 166 times
• 105 on the mi...
Potential and next stages
• To explore other search and rescue opportunities in the UK
• To explore other „public good‟ ap...
Thank you
www.aerosee.org
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Business hub aero see and drone journalism

  1. 1. aeroSee and drone journalism John Mills Researcher @_johnmills
  2. 2. MEDIA INNOVATION STUDIO • We are an international research centre based in the School of Journalism and Media at the University of Central Lancashire • Our focus is on exploring new technologies and their relationship with individuals and communities • We research, teach and support commercial activities and engage in a range of knowledge transfer activities.
  3. 3. aeroSee • Seeks to innovate both engineered drones, control software and explore a range of UAV uses • Unites Media Innovation Studio with School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences and e-Migs: a private sector drone manufacturer • Explore policy issues and international exploitation of drone technology
  4. 4. Background: Drones and Journalism • Potential technological “tipping” point – UAVs are increasingly affordable and offer cost savings over traditional aerial capture methods – Technology is also focussing around UX and mass market penetration – Vibrant maker community exploring UAV opportunities – Lower costs create potential to be used by a large range of publishers and journalistic organisations – Provide high definition cameras mounted directly onto drones – Smaller size provides increased opportunity to access a range of locations both before they become airborne and afterwards – Digital connectivity providing the potential for direct streaming to news industry
  5. 5. Industry beginning to recognise the potential…
  6. 6. UAVs: a growing ‘citizen community’
  7. 7. Regulation and ethics • Civil aviation authority regulates of UAVs: • Operator must retain a direct line of sight to drone • Must not fly over or within 30 meters of an individual • Must not fly over or within 150 meters of a congested area • Must not fly over or within 150 meters of a congregation of a 1000 people or more • Must not fly higher than 400 feet • Ethical considerations also important: How do members of the public feel about airborne surveillance and the associated risks with overflying of unmanned vehicles?
  8. 8. aeroSee: the concept • Key question: Can search and rescue services benefit from crowd-sourced image analysis? • Promote drones for civic and civil uses • Prompt debate around these uses, and influence policy • Promote interdisciplinary digital development and working within an academic institution
  9. 9. Digital potential: the power of the crowd
  10. 10. Creation of search agents • Can the crowd and interested parties to and tag missing individuals • Would the search and rescue voluntary community and UAV community combine as part of a single project? • Could basic analysis of tags assist in locating a missing walker? • Could our „search agents‟ be more effective than a single search and rescue team?
  11. 11. The first trial Image data UAV Internet UCLAN Servers Crowd sourced Imagery analysis Crowd sourced imagery analysis by ‘Search Agents’ Data Processing Search Locations Rescue Team Dispatched directly to sightings INNOVATIVE THINKING FOR THE REAL WORLD Mountain Rescue Control Centre UAV Ground Station
  12. 12. Search Agents • Access UAV and journalism community • Co-creation of out • Market • Crowdfunding
  13. 13. Key findings • 1000 „search agents‟ registered • 4765 tags placed on images • Image set searched 166 times • 105 on the missing person image • Missing person found within 69 seconds
  14. 14. Potential and next stages • To explore other search and rescue opportunities in the UK • To explore other „public good‟ applications and conduct further case studies • To continue to examine how to embed digital drones into news organisations • To analyse and influence policy and regulation • To continue to build our crowd of users and engaged „search agents‟
  15. 15. Thank you www.aerosee.org

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