So, you think drones are revolutionizing surveying, mapping, and inspection tasks? That will start to sound like old news once you find out what researchers in New Zealand are teaching drones to do. Two University of Canterbury academics are enabling drones to use hazardous precision tools in midair for a variety of complex industries.

Computer science professor Richard Green specializes in artificial intelligence, while mechanical engineering professor Dan Zhao is an expert in aerospace engineering. The duo is collaborating on a project that could radically change the way drones are used in various industries.

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As Green explains:

Our research will go beyond simple surveying and inspection tasks. We will build a platform for UAVs to use precision tools in changing dynamic environments, such as outdoors, around hazardous infrastructure like power pylons, or in construction or forestry,…