The startup support project PATHFINDER developed path planning algorithms for applications with multiple aerial drones in different commercial applications. Target markets include damage assessment for insurance companies, monitoring in agriculture and forestry, and aerial shows for entertainment and art.
The project was run by two potential founders:
- Samira Hayat, who holds essential research expertise in drone networks and path planning, and
- Paul Ladinig, who contributed his knowledge as a student in engineering and business.
Path planning solutions will be offered adapted to customer needs via a software library that can be purchased. Contrary to existing solutions on the market, this algorithms library incorporates the needs of customers. In addition, drone flights and subsequent data analysis will be offered.
The project was funded by the Carinthian Economic Promotion Fund (KWF) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The company idea originated from predecessor projects at Lakeside Labs &mdash including cDrones and SINUS funded by the KWF and by Forest-iMate funded by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG).