Building a smarter forest using drones, robots, and algorithms
April 13, 2012 | Source: The Atlantic
Cutting-edge tech — algorithms, robots, and drones — could save lives during natural disasters.
That’s the argument made by computer scientists M.P.Sivaram Kumar and S. Rajasekaran in a recent article in the Journal of Computing entitled “Path Planning Algorithm for Extinguishing Forest Fires.”
The vast majority of forests are destroyed by wild forest fires, and current methods of sylvan vigilance — mainly individual personnel on foot patrol — are grossly inefficient in identifying emerging threats.