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Research Spotlight published an article on Gerard Dooly’s research


UL Research Spotlight published an article on Gerard Dooly’s research, “On the Borderline – How Associate Professor Gerard Dooly’s drone research at UL will help to protect Irish waters from drug smuggling.”

Gerard Dooly, Co-Director of UL’s Centre for Robotics and Intelligent Systems, is leading the Drug Interdiction by Utilising Smart Drones Guard project. Funded by Enterprise Ireland’s Disruptive Technology Innovation Fund, this initiative involves developing autonomous drones to survey Ireland’s extensive coastline, aiding the Irish Naval Service in drug smuggling prevention. The drones, equipped with AI and machine learning, can identify and track vessels, perform precision tasks, and reduce CO2 emissions. Dooly’s work, building on his extensive background in electronics and drone technology, positions UL as a leader in drone research and its applications in marine security and sustainability.

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