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CITRIS Research Exchange – CITRIS Aviation Prize Winners

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A CITRIS Research Exchange Seminar on Aviation

Talk title: “Project LEAP-FROG Takes Flight”

Speakers: Derek Hollenbeck, Doctoral Student at UC Merced and Team Lead of Project LEAP-FROG.

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Abstract: In this talk, the winners of CITRIS’s first Aviation Prize will describe their winning proposal for a “long-endurance edge-AI platform for research opportunities and data gathering” platform (LEAP-FROG) to demonstrate a small uncrewed aircraft system (sUAS) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) part 107 compliant fully autonomous flight of 115 miles, within a 5-mile circumference and including a 45-min battery reserve at UC Merced’s Vernal Pools. With this discussion facilitated by CITRIS Director Costas Spanos, this session will also explore how CITRIS sees its Aviation Prize as a tool to foster student research and innovation across its four UC campuses.

About the series: CITRIS Research Exchange delivers fresh perspectives on information technology and society from distinguished academic, industry, and civic leaders. Free and open to the public, this series highlights leading voices on societal-scale research issues. Each seminar takes place on Wednesdays from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm PT. Have a suggestion for a great speaker? Please use this form to suggest potential speakers for our series.

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