Safety and risk mitigation systems

Safety and risk mitigation, will play a key role for UAS adoption. Beyond the “sense and avoid” capabilities, and automated navigation backup systems, the UAS will need to protect its integrity. It may need to encrypt its data transmission and will have to resist hacking, hostile take-over, jamming and spoofing. Methods, such as active geo-fencing based on GNSS or local signals may need to be put in place to prevent UAS from entering critical areas. Risk mitigation techniques, such as parachutes, inflatable bumpers or backup thrusters may need to be put in place. Backup intelligence in case of problems will need to be sufficiently reliable to permit safe return or landing of UAVs.

Relevant EPFL laboratories

IRGC – International Risk Governance Center (Marie-Valentine Florin)

Governance of opportunities and risks associated with science and technologies.

LCA – Laboratory for Communications and Applications (Jean-Pierre Hubaux)

Privacy Protection, Information Security, Mobile Networking.

SCC – Safety Competence Center (Thierry Meyer)

Risk assessment, mitigation and training.

TOPO – Geodetic Engineering Laboratory  (Bertrand Merminod and Jan Skaloud)

avigation of UAVs in GNSS-denied environments, using Dynamic Model-Based Navigation.