The IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society (AESS) Brac University Student Branch Chapter in collaboration with the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) Brac University Student Branch Chapter and BRACU Dichari organized a two-day workshop entitled “UAVBuzz: Practical Approach to Build UAV” at Brac University on November 26 and December 3. This event’s primary purpose was to introduce participants to the fundamentals of drone design. MD Mojammel Hoque Shourabh, Mechatronic engineer at TigerIT Bangladesh, LTD, Md. Firoz Wadud, Team Leader at BRACU Dichari, and Jahir Uddin, Research Assistant at Brac University, conducted this session. Abdulla Hil Kafi, Chapter Advisor of IEEE AESS Brac University Student Branch Chapter, was the featured guest at this session. 

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), also referred to as drones, are robotic aircraft that do not need a pilot to operate. Instead, they may drive independently or be remotely controlled. UAVs have several applications, including agricultural and surveying. They can remotely monitor crop health and gather data across vast stretches of land and difficult terrain. UAVs have also proven essential in photography and cinematography, whether for still aerial photos of the topic at hand or for giving the spectator a distinct perspective in the film. Recently, UAVs are also being utilized for delivery, a development that will transform the online purchasing industry. UAVs were formerly employed nearly exclusively for military missions, but now they are becoming popular among amateurs. Therefore, the only determinant of its applicability is our individual and communal creativity. In this workshop, however, with the assistance of the BracU Dichari Team, we were able to determine how UAVs may be used for humanitarian purposes. The BRACU Dichari system incorporates a drone that collaborates with a rover to assist in disaster management. Across the combined efforts of the drone and rover, a participant in the European Robotics League may, in the words of the team, “navigate through tough terrains, perform various tests, map the surrounding area, and identify obstructions.”

MD Mojammel Hoque Shourobh, the instructor, was formerly a Satellite Operation Engineer at Brac University. He is now working as a Mechatronics Engineer at TigerIT Bangladesh LTD. Md. Firoz Wadud, another teacher, is a Drone Pilot. Additionally, a BRACU Autonomous Team Lead named Dichari. Jahir Uddin is a Research Assistant at Brac University and the Manager of Project Engineering at BracU Dichari.

Throughout both sessions, the lecturers discussed the many applications, the needed equipment, and the fundamental design idea of unmanned aerial technology. The event concentrated on the fundamentals of drone design rather than delving into advanced topics since the primary objective of this workshop was to entice participants to the drone sector. Md Firoz Wadud, the teacher for the first day, described the usage and selection procedure for components. He provided a concise explanation of each component. However, MD Mojammel Hoque Shorabh, the speaker, stressed the propeller selection procedure. He explained how the size of the propeller may affect the drone’s flying. The last speaker, Jahir Uddin, then discussed the necessary software to fly the drone. The first day concluded with the reception and discussion of questions from each participant.

The second day of instruction was devoted to the operation of drones. Image processing, image categorization, image detection, and image tracking were discussed. The kind of drone dictates the necessary image processing procedure. In addition, they stated that image processing cannot be applied to spinning objects. Consequently, tags are used to identify them. In addition, they provided several suggestions on autonomous flying, obstacle avoidance, and remote sensing. They provided concise explanations of subjects such as waypoint navigation, GIS mapping, Raspberry pi, YOLO, etc. Additionally, they provided insightful commentary on data preparation, mission planning, and flight planning. 

In addition, guest speaker Zareef Jafar spoke on the subject of astronomy. He discussed radio astronomy, X-ray astronomy, and astronomy research organizations briefly. Finally, the teacher answered all of the attendees’ questions.

The session began at around 5 p.m. and lasted until 7 p.m. Prior registration was required for attendance at this program. However, registration was available to everyone. The lecturer answered all queries from the audience during the duration of the program. The chair of IEEE AESS BracU SBC handed a gesture of gratitude to the teachers after the session for volunteering their time. This fantastic, vibrant workshop concluded at last.