Human-Drone Partnerships in Emergency Response with Dr. Jane Cleland-Huang

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 4:10pm to 5:00pm
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Presenter: Dr. Jane Cleland-Huang

Title: Human-Drone Partnerships in Emergency Response

Abstract: Small unmanned aerial, land, or submersible vehicles (drones) are increasingly used to support emergency response scenarios such as search-and-rescue, structural building fires, and medical deliveries.However, in current practice drones are typically controlled by a single operator thereby significantly limiting their potential. The Drone Response platform represents the next generation of emergency response solutions in which semi-autonomous and self-coordinating cohorts of drones will serve as fully-fledged members of an emergency response team. Drones will play diverse roles in each emergency response scenario - for example, using thermal imagery to map the structural integrity of a burning building, methodically searching an area for a child lost in a cornfield, or delivering a life-saving device to a person caught in a fast-flowing river.  In this talk Dr.Cleland-Huang will provide a birds-eye view of the Drone Response project, focusing on challenges and solutions related to scene recognition, situational awareness,  and design tradeoffs for achieving effective human-drone partnerships in the domain of emergency response.

​​​​​​​Bio: Dr. Jane Cleland-Huang is Full Professor of Software Engineering at the University of Notre Dame. She holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago.   Her research focuses on Software Agility, Traceability, and Safety Critical Software Systems.She is currently director of the Software and Requirements Engineering Research Lab and serves as North American Director of the Center of Excellence for Software Traceability. She has served as PI on grants worth over $9 Million. Dr. Cleland-Huang served as Associate Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, and currently serves on the Editorial Board of Springer-Verlag's Requirements Engineering Journal. She is the 2020 Program Chair of the International Conference on Software Engineering, and previously served as Program Chair of the IEEE Requirements Engineering Conference and the  SIGSOFT Conference on 2016 Foundations of Software Engineering (FSE). Dr. Cleland-Huang teaches Software and Systems Engineering courses using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. Contact her at(