Cooperative surveillance and environment monitoring by heterogeneous teams of unmanned aerial vehicles

The main objective of the proposed project is to design, implement and experimentally evaluate a complex heterogeneous system of fixed-wing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), vertical take-off and landing micro aerial vehicles (MAVs) and unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) designed for cooperative surveillance and environment monitoring. Taking advantage of expertise of Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS) partner in deployment of UAVs in environment monitoring applications and expertise of Multi-robot Systems (MRS) group in design of techniques for MAVs flying in GPS-denied environment, we aim to combine abilities of UAVs to cover large areas under surveillance and MAVs to operate in GPS-denied areas. In addition, both partners have a long-term experience with integration of UGVs into teams of aerial vehicles, which also increases deployability of the system and its operation time. The aim of the project is to design methodologies that provide motion planning for UAV-MAV-UGV teams in a cooperative manner and that enable fusion of low-resolution data gathered during flights of fixed-wings UAVs in higher altitudes together with high-resolution information provided from MAVs and UGVs simultaneously observing areas in which the rough overview from UAVs is insufficient.

Team:

CTU Martin Saska, Vojtech Vonasek , Tomas Baca, Vojtěch Spurný
Lincoln Simon Lacroix, Alessandro Renzaglia, Baptiste Crusson

 

CTU Lincoln