System to Detect and Approach Humans from an Aerial View for the Landing Phase in a UAV Delivery Service

  • David Safadinho
  • João Ramos
  • Roberto Ribeiro
  • Vítor Filipe
  • João Barroso
  • António PereiraEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 1006)


The possibility to engage in autonomous flight through geolocation-based missions turns Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) into valuable tools that save time and resources in services like deliveries and surveillance. Amazon is already developing a drop-by delivery service, but there are limitations regarding the client’s id, that can be analyzed in three phases: the approach to the potential receiver, the authorization through the client id and the delivery itself. This work shows a solution for the first of these phases. Firstly, the receiver identifies the GPS coordinates where he wants to receive the package. The UAV flights to that place and tries to locate the receiver on the arrival through Computer Vision (CV) techniques, more precisely Deep Neural Networks (DNN), to continue to the next phase, the identification. After the proposal of the system’s architecture and the prototype’s implementation, a test scenario to analyze the feasibility of the proposed techniques was created. The results were quite good considering a system to look for one person in a limited area defined by the destination coordinates, confirming the detection of one person with an up to 92% accuracy from a 10 m height and 5 m horizontal distance in low resolution images.


Computer vision Deep Neural Networks Delivery services Internet of Things New generation services Unmanned Aerial Vehicles 



This work is financed by National Funds through the Portuguese funding agency, FCT - Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia within project: UID/EEA/50014/2019.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Safadinho
    • 1
  • João Ramos
    • 1
  • Roberto Ribeiro
    • 1
  • Vítor Filipe
    • 2
  • João Barroso
    • 2
  • António Pereira
    • 1
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.School of Technology and Management, Computer Science and Communication Research CentrePolytechnic Institute of LeiriaLeiriaPortugal
  2. 2.INESC TEC and University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto DouroVila RealPortugal
  3. 3.INOV INESC INOVAÇÃO, Institute of New TechnologiesLeiriaPortugal

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