Emergency Response Technologies

The KIOS CoE develops state of the art tools and methodologies for emergency response management, monitoring and inspection of critical infrastructures through the utilization of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAVs), sensors and robotics technologies.

These technologies are used for the development of intelligent functionalities including automated path-planning, real-time image analysis, object detection and coordination architectures for multi-drone systems that ensure scalable and robust operations.

The key benefits of such systems include, the enhancement of public safety, improvement of CIS efficiency, safety of operations and hazards avoidance, reduction of person-hours and costs.


Autonomous & Multi-Agent Systems

Development of real-time control algorithms and optimization systems to solve application-specific challenges that harness large volumes of data from heterogeneous sources. Implementation of multi-agent systems that enable operation of multiple UAVs and automate decision-making based on perception and intelligence. In doing so we enable improved situational awareness and more accurate and resilient operations. Read More: here

Computer Vision & Machine learning

Research, development and testing of Computer Vision (CV) and Machine Learning (ML) algorithms (Convolutional Neural Networks, Transformers, Optical Flow, 3D Vision, Visual Tracking, etc.) in order to classify, detect, segment, and estimate pose of objects, or moving targets, and provide complete scene understanding using aerial footage, either in real-time or offline. Development and testing of CVML algorithms and methodologies to analyze motion of moving objects, e.g., velocity, direction, or estimate internal camera parameters/motion. Read More: here

Signal Processing Algorithms

Research on developing algorithms and tools for autonomous systems, by employing signal processing techniques to allow, for example, accurate self-localization in GNSS-denied environments, collaborative localization, as well as detection and tracking of rogue drones across critical infrastructures. The information is extracted from already available signals in the environment, using Software Defined Radios (SDRs), and fused with on-board sensors or shared among multiple UAVs to achieve improved robustness in operation. Read More: here

Hardware Prototyping & Integration

Research, design and development of electronic circuits for developing custom Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) to meet application-specific monitoring and control requirements. In addition, 3D boards are designed and printed for facilitating implementation of working prototypes, while their integration with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) promotes applied field testing and deployment in real emergency response conditions. Read More: here

Use Cases

Disaster Management & Emergency Response

Development of state-of-the-art technologies for drone deployment during and post disaster situations, for providing situational awareness to First Responders concerning the area in distress. Swarms of UAVs are also employed to conduct automated reconnaissance missions for high-quality real-time mapping, terrain classification (i.e., burned and vegetated areas), propagation prediction of large-scale incidents (e.g. fire/flood modelling, cascading effects).

Traffic Monitoring

Development of traffic monitoring tools using video footage acquired with UAVs. Convolutional neural networks along with multiple tracking algorithms are employed to successfully detect and track moving vehicles. In addition, the developed approaches allow the extraction of vehicle state information (vehicles’ velocities, directions, trajectories, distance to leading vehicles, number of vehicles crossing points on the road) and road-lanes state estimation (average speed and density), either in real-time or offline for further analysis.

Autonomous Navigation & Trajectory Planning

Automated multi-tasking operation for effective search, detection, localization and track for reliable and resilient vehicle operations. Various methods are employed, including multi-latteration, least squares, sensor fusion, optimal learning and frequency selection to provide location estimates in real-time.  Learning techniques, optimization methods and filtering methodologies are also applied for enhancing tracking capabilities during operations.

Critical Infrastructure Inspection

Integration of multiple camera sensors (RGB, thermal, multispectral, lidar) for acquiring high quality spatio-temporal data in a systematic, safe and fast way. Vision-based algorithms are developed to detect, track and identify infrastructure components (e.g. power lines and telecommunication transceivers) and surrounding obstacles, to provide the means for actionable decisions related to proactive maintenance (including faults, damages, and obstacles).


For collaborations or request for the use of the emergency response technologies please send us an email.

Dr. Panayiotis Kolios

Research Assistant Professor

Dr. Christos Kyrkou

Research Lecturer