Curtin grad wins award for aerial detection system

Photo shows the drone equipped with thermal imaging and long-wave infrared camera.

MIRI: Curtin University Sarawak Electronic and Communication Engineering (ECE) graduate Basil Andy Lease recently won the Best Final Year Project Award for an innovative aerial-view thermography and mapping system, which could help firefighters.

The award was from the Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Components, Packaging, and Manufacturing Technology (CPMT) Malaysia Chapter.

Basil said the system allows early detection of wildfires, thus reducing the risk of fires spreading uncontrollably.

“It is an automated detection and segmentation system with a thermal imaging, long-wave infrared (LWIR) camera mounted on a mobile quadcopter, which can be flown over identified areas to provide real-time data to the user.

“The data includes information regarding the wildfire’s size and temperature and the affected area’s environmental temperature, humidity and gas content,” he said.

Basil said the drone can be flown manually or using the automated way-point survey-based flight.

“It is important to design projects that have the potential to solve real problems and that the project has enabled him to independently explore the technical and research aspects of the system,”.

Curtin Sarawak Department of Electrical and Communication Engineering (ECE) senior lecturer Dr Garenth Lim, who guided Basil on the project, said Basil was an exemplary student through his keen interest and involvement in numerous innovative projects.

“We both look forward to seeing Basil’s project make a positive impact on the issue of fighting wildfires in the region in the future,” said Lim.

The IEEE CPMT Chapter is the leading international forum for scientists and engineers engaged in research, design, and development of revolutionary advances in microsystems packaging and manufacturing.