HNSE-P2-2. Towards Drone Assisted Inventory Management

Akshay Dave1
Faculty Mentor: Paul Oh, Ph.D.1
1Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

Inventory management drone is a software/hardware framework that allows employers to automate their inventory management process. This framework reduces the risk of warehouse-related injuries and replaces some tedious work. Inventory management drones are one of the cheap options in order to automate this type of work. The following work will build on top of a previously published paper in the AANAPISI Journal. The goal of this research is to upgrade the onboard computer and increase the computational capabilities of the drone. By upgrading the computer, the drone’s automation capabilities will be increased. This project will attempt to do longer flight tests and do 3d reconstruction of a mock-up “warehouse.” Lastly, the author will attempt to develop end-user GUI for ease of use.

This research was funded by UNLV’s Title III Part F Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) program, which is housed within UNLV’s Center for Academic Enrichment and Outreach and funded under grant (P382B160008) from the U.S. Department of Education.


Nov 15 - 19 2021


All Day


HNSE: Poster Session 2
The Office of Undergraduate Research


The Office of Undergraduate Research


4 Replies to “HNSE-P2-2. Towards Drone Assisted Inventory Management”

  1. It’s been so interesting to see how this project has developed. I see so many applications for drone usage in many industries and also just personal use. Great project!

  2. Thank you for sharing your work in this area. I found your presentation quite interesting because I can see the technology being useful for automating so many common warehouse tasks. Certainly, drones can be deployed for moving items and thus reducing the potential for workplace injury, but I see the technology you’re developing as also being super useful for routinely recording and updating item locations, as well as for constructing and updating inventories. Good job!

  3. Hi Akshay. You have “SLAM sensor” on your poster. I don’t recall hearing this in the presentation. What is this? Is it a special type of sensor?

  4. Hi Akshay,
    I think this will be one of the most useful innovations. Inventory management is one of the most important things for every business. It will help a lot to track the goods and the supplies in the company and save lots of money. It will definitely reduce the risk of getting injured and make it an easy process as the employees will no longer be required to carry those heavy boxes and deal with dangerous stuff. Employees will have an opportunity to manage everything more effectively due to 3D map and VR options. I think it will also be very useful to include login information, so that only the authorized person can use it, to avoid any damages. Do you think it will be possible to add a wireless charging method so that it won’t go down when needed the most? Will it also give an option to keep or restore the information?
    Great job!

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