ASU students using technology and drones as they work to improve search for lost hikers
State and local agencies in Arizona embark on an average of about a dozen search and rescue missions throughout the state each week — often on large expanses of land where people may be lost in remote areas, without resources and in need of medical aid. Research being led by Fulton Schools Assistant Professor Stephanie Gil may soon provide advanced technology to help rescuers locate and provide resources to missing persons. She and her student team are developing specially equipped drones capable of finding people and delivering water, basic medical equipment and communications devices to them. The researchers are collaborating on the project with the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military affairs.