The Civic Drone Centre works with companies, individuals and organisations that are using, or planning to use, remotely operated vehicles across a wide range of scenarios. These span search and rescue activity, journalism and media and humanitarian aid. It seeks to provide technology and know-how to these organisations, and collaborate with a range of partners – locally, nationally and internationally – to explore and develop new technologies and knowledge in this sector.
Operating as a joint project between the UCLan’s Media Innovation Studio, based in the School of Journalism, Media and Performance, and the Engineering Innovation Centre – located in the School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences – our work focuses resources on the three thematic areas, each with a unique set of technical, legal and ethical challenges.
By focussing on Humanitarian Aid, Journalism and Media, Search and Rescue, we’re committed to supporting a wide variety of civilian uses for UAV’s, submersibles and remotely piloted land vehicles.
The Civic Drone Centre is the home of a wide range of disciplines and expertise. Founded with a multidisciplinary mandate, our team includes aviation, engineering and intelligent systems, media and journalism, documentary filmmaking, legal frameworks, electronics and a range of complementary skills sets.