Author

Aishah Moafa

Date of Award

4-2020

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Science in Cybersecurity Engineering

Department

Electrical, Computer, Software, and Systems Engineering

Committee Chair

Radu F. Babiceanu, Ph.D.

First Committee Member

Ilteris Demirkiran, Ph.D.

Second Committee Member

Dhafagh Jafer, Ph.D.

Abstract

Drones are modern and sophisticated technology that have been used in numerous fields. Nowadays, many countries use them in exploration, reconnaissance operations, and espionage in military operations. Drones also have many uses that are not limited to only daily life. For example, drones are used for home delivery, safety monitoring, and others. However, the use of drones is a double-edged sword. Drones can be used for positive purposes to improve the quality of human lives, but they can also be used for criminal purposes and other detrimental purposes. In fact, many countries have been attacked by terrorists using smart drones. Hence, drone detection is an active area of research and it receives the attention of many scholars.

Advanced drones are, many times, difficult to detect, and hence they, sometimes, can be life threatening. Currently, most detection methods are based on video, sound, radar, temperature, radio frequency (RF), or Wi-Fi techniques. However, each detection method has several flaws that make them imperfect choices for drone detection in sensitive areas. Our aim is to overcome the challenges that most existing drone detection techniques face. In this thesis, we propose two modeling techniques and compare them to produce an efficient system for drone detection. Specifically, we compare the two proposed models by investigating the risk assessments and the probability of success for each model.

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