'Using Sound to 'see''
Taking inspiration from bats, this project aims to explore how echolocation can be used to navigate environments; i.e., using sound to see. This is a relatively unexplored research area, given prior research on non-visual navigation has only looked at electromagnetic/radiowaves and not sound. Rohan's research also looks at ways of using sound to get the Position, Velocity and Time (PVT) of a moving platform; helping unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to navigate complex environments (where GPS systems fail); wearable devices for the visually impaired to detect obstacles; and improved navigation in search and rescue missions where low visibility is an issue (fires, earthquakes).
Rohan Kapoor is a PhD candidate in Aerospace Engineering and Aviation at RMIT University. He completed his Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from the National Institute of Technology, Jalandhar, India and his Masters in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering from North Carolina State University. Prior to enrolling in his PhD, Rohan worked in the areas of wind energy, Intelligent Transportation Systems and warehouse automation, in addition to completing independent research on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.