Thesis Defense Announcement for Mia Scheider — 03/15/2021 at 9:00 AM

February 24, 2021

Faculty and Students,

You are cordially invited to my thesis defense.

Title: Automating Precision Drone Landing and Battery Exchange

When: Monday, March 15th at 9:00 a.m.

Where: Webex (

Candidate: Mia Scheider

Degree: Masters, Electrical and Computer Engineering


Dr. Mehmet Kurum
(Major Professor )

Dr. Ali Gurbuz
(Committee Member)

Dr. Umar Iqbal
(Committee Member)


As drones become more widespread throughout modern industry, the demand for drone automation increases. Drones are used for many applications, but their effectiveness relies heavily on their battery life. By designing, implementing, and evaluating an automatic drone landing and battery exchange system, drone missions can be more streamlined and efficient by eliminating the need for manual battery exchange. Previous projects within this topic rely on high-precision landing combined with a manipulator with low degrees of freedom for battery removal. This project offers a solution that allows less strict landing requirements to better fit drones of different sizes and shapes for a wide variety of applications. This autonomous drone landing and battery exchange system uses a robotic arm with 6 degrees of freedom for battery removal and on-board image processing to locate and land on a large, rotatable landing pad.

Thank you,

Mia Scheider