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Drones as Cyber-Physical Systems

Concepts and Applications for the Fourth Industrial Revolution


  • Shows how AI (artificial intelligence) drones can be used in teaching, especially in classroom conditions where contact with real CPS (Cyber-Physical Systems) equipment is limited

  • Illustrates the concept of cyber-physical bridging throughout do-it-yourself (DIY) aerial photography

  • Sparks learning motivation throughout do-it-yourself (DIY) CPS experiences, showing real drone technology in typical flying procedures


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Jung-Sup Um
    Pages 21-57
  3. Jung-Sup Um
    Pages 59-99
  4. Jung-Sup Um
    Pages 101-141
  5. Jung-Sup Um
    Pages 143-176
  6. Jung-Sup Um
    Pages 177-225

About this book


This book introduces the concept of using drones as a teaching tool to explore the fundamental principles, technology and applications of Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS).

A short introduction sets CPS in the context of the 4th industrial revolution, and describes various CPS technologies including self-driving cars, commercial intelligent drones and mobile robots, in which artificial intelligence routinely supports smarter decision-making. The core of the book then focuses on commercially available drones, the only available system offering the advantage of cyber-physical bridging through 3D autonomous dynamic flying in classroom conditions. Chapters describe drone technology, including location sensors and imaging systems. CPS theory is explained through typical drone flying procedures and do-it-yourself (DIY) aerial photography in which communication between sensors, actuators and controllers occurs through cyber-physical bi-directional bridging.

This book opens new possibilities in fostering 4th industrial revolution literacy, introducing relevant examples from readily available equipment, making core elements of cyber-physical bridging accessible. It is aimed primarily at those students who have an interest in CPS, drones and those from disciplines that are concerned with spatial information.


Drone data acquisition Spatial information Autonomous flying and sensor fusion Spectral and location sensor fusion Future prospect of drone Cyber-physical System Artificial intelligence Valuing drones in cyber-physical bridging Flying IoT (Internet of Things) mounting device Do-it-yourself (DIY) aerial photography Drones as a new necessity AI instrument toward anywhere CPS economy

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of GeographyKyungpook National UniversityDaeguKorea (Republic of)

About the authors

Jung-Sup Um received his PhD from the University of Aberdeen in 1997. He is currently a Professor of Geography at Kyungpook National University. His field of interest is applications of Cyber-Physical systems, focused on smart drones in relation to Remote Sensing and GIS. Prof. Um is Editor in Chief of journal, Spatial Information Research since 2015.

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