For ships in distress at sea every minute counts. However, rescuers often receive imprecise emergency calls that do not contain all information required for an efficient deployment. This challenge applies in particular to rescue missions for persons in the water or small vehicles that do not carry locating devices. The LARUS project aims to develop an automated system that supports search and rescue of persons in distress at sea.
Project duration: 15.10.2016 - 14.10.2019
In the LARUS project, we aim to provide fast mission support through deployment of an unmanned aerial system (UAS). These systems can be used
- to decrease on-scene arrival time,
- to localize persons in distress and objects in the water,
- to identify and observe the situtation,
- and to provide communication resources (mobile relay).
The project develops the basis for an unmanned, automated search and localization system, that is fully integrated into civil airspace, to be deployed by the German Maritime Search and Rescue Service. Its various sensors and communication interfaces enable the UAS to be used in additional scenarios like offshore industry and disaster management.
LARUS is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research under grant number 13N14133.
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In Drones, MDPI, vol. 4, no. 2, May 2020
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Logistics: Efficiency Gains and Communication Performance of Hybrid Combinations of Ground and Aerial Vehicles
M. Patchou, B. Sliwa, C. Wietfeld
In IEEE Vehicular Networking Conference (VNC) 2019, Los Angeles, USA, December 2019.
Heterogeneous Multilink Aggregation for Reliable UAV Communication in Maritime Search and Rescue Missions
J. Güldenring, L. Koring, P. Gorczak, C. Wietfeld
In 15th IEEE International Conference on Wireless and Mobile Computing, Networking and…
Experimental 5G mmWave Beam Tracking Testbed for Evaluation of Vehicular Communications
K. Heimann, J. Tiemann, D. Yolchyan, C. Wietfeld
In IEEE 2nd 5G World Forum (5GWF) (WF-5G'19), September 2019.
Robust Cellular Communications for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Maritime Search and Rescue
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In IEEE International Symposium on Safety, Security, and Rescue Robotics (SSRR), IEEE
Software-Defined End-to-End Evaluation Platform for Quality of Service in Non-Standalone 5G Systems
K. Heimann, P. Gorczak, C. Bektas, F. Girke, C. Wietfeld
In 2019 Annual IEEE International Systems Conference (SysCon), Orlando, Florida, USA
Supporting Maritime Search and Rescue Missions through UAS-based Wireless Localization
J. Tiemann, O. Feldmeier, C. Wietfeld
In IEEE Global Communications Conference Workshops (GLOBECOM Workshops), Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 2018
tinyLTE: Lightweight, Ad Hoc Deployable Cellular Network for Vehicular Communication
F. Eckermann, P. Gorczak, C. Wietfeld,
In IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC-Spring), June 2018.
On the Potential of 5G mmWave Pencil Beam Antennas for UAV Communications: An Experimental Evaluation
K. Heimann, J. Tiemann, S. Böcker, C. Wietfeld,
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The campus of TU Dortmund University is located close to interstate junction Dortmund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dortmund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dortmund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Campus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dortmund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Campus). Signs for the university are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dortmund.
To get from North Campus to South Campus by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Campus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.
TU Dortmund University has its own train station (“Dortmund Universität”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dortmund main station (“Dortmund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 20 or 30 minutes). The university is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.
You can also take the bus or subway train from Dortmund city to the university: From Dortmund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dortmund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dortmund main station to the stop “Dortmund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dortmund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dortmund Universität S”.
The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.
The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dortmund University. There are two stations on North Campus. One (“Dortmund Universität S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the university directly with the city of Dortmund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Campus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Campus and offers a direct connection to South Campus every five minutes.
The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.