HAWK - Helicopter-based Aerial Wireless Kit


HAWK is a warflying tool. It is more accurate than a warwalking or wardriving tool. Since HAWK can fly to any point in open space, we can set up an airborne Kismet with GPS on HAWK and produce a fine-grained geographical map of wireless access points (APs) or routers. Wardriving and warwalking are not able to provide such location granularity since it is not possible for cars and not convenient for people to access dead ends such as building roofs.

HAWK can also be used for search, rescue, and surveillance. It is able to sense a target mobile through its wireless signals, either cellular or WiFi. For instance, modern smartphones are often equipped with WiFi devices, which send out probing signals intermittently. When we search and rescue a lost traveler or a survivor from building debris after an earthquake, we can position her by localizing her active smartphones via HAWK flying slowly at a low altitude. HAWK can also fly in the vertical plane around a skyscraper to search a suspect hiding in a room and committing attacks via WiFi. The top diameter of HAWK is only 99cm and its height is 25.4cm. It can fly both outdoors and indoors and conduct stunts that common large helicopters cannot do.

News report:

  1. Zhongli Liu and Yinjie Chen won silver medal at the ACM Student Research Competition (SRC) at ACM MobiCom 2011 with "HAWK: An Unmanned Mini Helicopter-based Aerial Wireless Kit for Search, Rescue and Surveillance" in Sep. 2011.
  2. Students’ Mini Chopper Wins Silver in Competition, UMass Lowell News

Publications:

  1. Z. Liu, Y. Chen, B. Liu, C. Cao, and Xinwen Fu, HAWK: An unmanned mini helicopter-based aerial wireless kit for localization, IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing (TMC), 2012, Accepted
  2. Z. Liu, Y. Chen, B. Liu, C. Cao, and Xinwen Fu, HAWK: An unmanned mini helicopter-based aerial wireless kit for localization, in Proceedings of Infocom , 2012, Accept ratio: 18%, [PDF]
  3. Zhongli Liu, Yinjie Chen, Benyuan Liu, Jie Wang, Xinwen Fu, Aerial Localization with Smartphone, in Proceedings of The 7th International Conference on Wireless Algorithms, Systems, and Applications (WASA), 2012