November 17, 2021 (Riga, Latvia) - SPH Engineering celebrates the 6th birthday of its UgCS Educational program. Launched in 2015, it has spread from the 1st partner, University of Alaska Fairbanks (USA), to 250+ universities in 40+ countries globally. The goal is to support innovative studies with the use of UAV.
In 2021 the program consists of 100 educational partners in the USA only, over 100 partners in Europe, and many more in other countries, including Australia, Brazil, Japan, Russia, South Korea and Turkey. Among top universities are University of Oxford, Stanford University, Fukuoka University, University of Nevada, Reno, University Goettingen, Complutense University of Madrid.
UgCS, a UAV mission planning and flight control software, has been applied in numerous research areas. Most popular are geophysics (including mining), search and rescue, agriculture, ecology, hydrography, archeology, and urban mapping.
For a few years in a row experts from Stanford University, Point Blue Conservation Science, and Conservation Metrics rely on UgCS to plan missions to automatically identify and count adult penguins and their chicks. Geophysics faculty and graduate students from the University of Nevada, Reno, explore blind geothermal systems with UAV magnetometry. Scientists of the University of Lisbon funded by the Portuguese Polar Program applied for UgCS to address the issue of climate change and analyze the vegetation cover distribution and the permafrost-active layer thermal regime in the Antarctic Peninsula.