Date of Award


Document Type



Santa Clara : Santa Clara University, 2021.


Computer Science and Engineering

First Advisor

Behnam Dezfouli


This project aims to establish a drone system that can deploy a wireless mesh network over a disaster area, which would aid in the process of finding survivors by using wireless communications to identify where victims are and allow authorities to send out alerts to people in the area. We also seek to add a device detection feature that would allow the drones to passively look for devices through WiFi and Bluetooth Low Energy, giving disaster responders the ability to actively identify specific devices, locate zones where victims lie, and discern a rough population estimate of that area. Those that find themselves in the middle of the disaster situation are able to use their own devices to establish a connection with the outside world. Under a mesh topology, the drones will act as network nodes that will dynamically connect to each other which enables a more resilient configuration. The drones will be flying above an area to enable wireless connectivity for first responders as well as those in distress, ensuring reliable detection and a critical communications pipeline when it is needed the most.