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      Towards an Autonomous Vision-Based Unmanned Aerial System against Wildlife Poachers

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          Poaching is an illegal activity that remains out of control in many countries. Based on the 2014 report of the United Nations and Interpol, the illegal trade of global wildlife and natural resources amounts to nearly $ 213 billion every year, which is even helping to fund armed conflicts. Poaching activities around the world are further pushing many animal species on the brink of extinction. Unfortunately, the traditional methods to fight against poachers are not enough, hence the new demands for more efficient approaches. In this context, the use of new technologies on sensors and algorithms, as well as aerial platforms is crucial to face the high increase of poaching activities in the last few years. Our work is focused on the use of vision sensors on UAVs for the detection and tracking of animals and poachers, as well as the use of such sensors to control quadrotors during autonomous vehicle following and autonomous landing.

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                Contributors
                Role: Academic Editor
                Journal
                Sensors (Basel)
                Sensors (Basel)
                sensors
                Sensors (Basel, Switzerland)
                MDPI
                1424-8220
                12 December 2015
                December 2015
                : 15
                : 12
                : 31362-31391
                Affiliations
                [1 ]Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust, SnT - University of Luxembourg, 4 Rue Alphonse Weicker, L-2721 Luxembourg, Luxembourg; ludivig@ 123456hotmail.com (P.L.); tegawende.bissyande@ 123456uni.lu (T.F.B.); somasundar.kannan@ 123456uni.lu (S.K.); maciej.zurad@ 123456gmail.com (M.Z.); arun.annaiyan@ 123456uni.lu (A.A.); holger.voos@ 123456uni.lu (H.V.)
                [2 ]Centre for Automation and Robotics (CAR), Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM-CSIC), Calle de José Gutiérrez Abascal 2, 28006 Madrid, Spain; fu.changhong@ 123456upm.es (C.F.); pascual.campoy@ 123456upm.es (P.C.)
                Author notes
                [* ]Corresponce: miguel.olivaresmendez@ 123456uni.lu ; Tel.: +352-46-66-44-5478; Fax: +352-46-66-44-35478
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                sensors-15-29861
                10.3390/s151229861
                4721781
                26703597
                08a93d6d-2932-4a4d-af25-bc91b13391e5
                © 2015 by the authors; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.

                This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons by Attribution (CC-BY) license ( http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).

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