Deep learning is currently a hot research topic, allowing automation of complex tasks, and UAVs can now be used to reliably access hard-to-reach places. We are researching how to join both: to have a UAV with a camera fly near an infrastructure and run a deep learning algorithm to inspect it: detect cracks in cement, rust in iron, etc.

As a preliminary test, we flew a Phantom 4 near one of the floodlight posts of the Okutama baseball field. This let us have an idea of what kind of footage we can get from a UAV, and how close we can fly to the infrastructure.