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EPSRC Reference: EP/Z000777/1
Title: BATNav: Bioinspired Acoustic Tactical Navigation
Principal Investigator: Varcoe, Professor B
Other Investigators:
Colquitt, Professor DJ Chakrabarti, Dr D Blondel, Dr P
Beierholm, Dr UR
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Department: Physics and Astronomy
Organisation: University of Leeds
Scheme: Standard Research - NR1
Starts: 01 October 2024 Ends: 30 September 2027 Value (£): 1,152,306
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Digital Signal Processing Image & Vision Computing
Music & Acoustic Technology Networks & Distributed Systems
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Information Technologies
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Summary on Grant Application Form
Imagine being able to navigate through complete darkness with ease. Our research is focused on creating a revolutionary method called BATNav, designed to help people find their way even when there is no light. BATNav uses the power of nature-inspired sound, advanced sensors, and smart visual displays to make navigation in low-visibility environments, like tunnels or dark spaces, much safer and more straightforward.

What We Aim to Achieve:

Bio-Inspired Acoustics: Our aim is to use a bioinspired solution to see in the dark. Our aim is to use sound to navigate and thereby create a system that can "see" using sound waves.

User-Friendly Display: Imagine having a display that shows you where to go, even in the darkest places. We're designing a user-friendly visual guide that helps you navigate effortlessly.

Navigate Anywhere: BATNav will make it possible to navigate in places where traditional methods fail, like in pitch-black tunnels or spaces with no light.

Enhanced Safety: This new method can significantly improve safety in challenging environments, providing a tool for both professionals and everyday people to move confidently.

Empowering Firefighters in Low Visibility: Imagine a scenario where firefighters are battling a blaze in an environment filled with smoke and conventional tools like flashlights are ineffective. BATNav becomes their guiding light, utilizing bio-inspired acoustics to map the surroundings. The system not only helps them navigate through smoke-filled spaces but also provides crucial information about the structural layout, enhancing their situational awareness and safety.

Search and Rescue Operations; Bringing Light to the Dark: In the critical hours of search and rescue operations, every step taken in the right direction can mean the difference between life and death. BATNav revolutionizes these operations by enabling rescuers to navigate through challenging terrain, including caves, during wildfires, or disaster-stricken areas, where conventional tools may prove ineffective.
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