Detection of refugee boats on the Mediterranean with a drone by using FOSS


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As NGOs continuing searching the Mediterranean by boat and a few planes, it would be good to find additional effective ways to find people in distress in the sea. To be able to search a huge area in the Mediterranean its good to get more eyes in the sky. For this purpose I want to show you and discuss computer-vision approaches to detect refugee boats which are able to run on basic minicomputers (like the RPI) which are cheap enough to put on a simple drone. All done by using free open source software. Furthermore I want to present a dataset and the current codebase which enables you to help searchwing/seawatch to work on the topic