Abstract: In many situations the use of an robot such as an flying drone are used to help complimenthumans in performing tasks such as search and rescue. Often these robots require a humanoperator to control and oversee them. The use of an autonomous robot that can navigate inunknown environments autonomously removes the need for a human operator and allowsfor quicker task performing. These autonomous drones need to be able to identify objectsand navigate an unknown space without the interaction from a human operator. This paperpresents visual processing algorithms that can be used with an AR Drone quad copter toidentify objects and colour, the paper also presents some search patterns as possiblemethods for autonomously searching unknown spaces. At the end of the paper someexperiments are presented with their results on possible solutions for autonomous searchand navigation.
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