I am a student at the University of the Philippines Los Baños and currently taking a degree in BS Computer Science.
My proposal for my Special Topic (Similar with Thesis) is to develop an autonomous drone that can navigate indoors without the use of expensive 3D mapping equipment.The drone will only utilize a monocular RGB camera and perform decisions with the help of deep learning.
Why create one?
Drones are now flooding the commercial market and a lot of companies are already using them to provide service to others, such as Amazon's drone delivery system. If a drone is able to navigate indoors, where GPS data is limited, it can be used to perform operations where man might have a hard time doing, such as search and rescue operations.
My goal is to make this idea as cheap as possible. Similar ideas have been performed in prestigious universities outside the Philippines, but none, if not few, have been done in our country and I would like to be the first.
Why fund me?
A drone is expensive. I will have to build one from scratch in order to reduce the cost, but even with that compromise, the components are still out of my budget. I am hoping that you can help me with this one.