Cooperative Vision Based Tracking of multiple UAVs

Venanzio Cichella, Isaac Kaminer, Vladimir Dobrokhodov, Naira Hovakimyan

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Abstract

This paper considers the problem of Cooperative Vision Based Tracking of a ground target by a fleet of multiple UAVs. The objective of this work is to present a decentralized control algorithm that enables multiple cooperative vehicles to maintain a horizontal orbital path around the target, while coordinating their space separation. A typical scenario involves multiple aerial surveillance UAVs which are required to monitor a ground object by orbiting around it (target tracking), while maintaining a desired phase shift (coordination). To solve the tracking problem, the angular velocity of each vehicle is used as control input, while the ground speeds are adjusted to ensure coordination. The paper provides a Lyapunov-based solution that guarantees exponential convergence properties of the tracking and distributed time-coordination algorithms. A rigorous proof based on Lyapunov analysis, as well as flight test results demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed approach.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GNC) Conference
StatePublished - Sep 16 2013
EventAIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GNC) Conference - Boston, MA, United States
Duration: Aug 19 2013Aug 22 2013

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NameAIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GNC) Conference

Other

OtherAIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GNC) Conference
CountryUnited States
CityBoston, MA
Period8/19/138/22/13

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Cichella, V., Kaminer, I., Dobrokhodov, V., & Hovakimyan, N. (2013). Cooperative Vision Based Tracking of multiple UAVs. In AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GNC) Conference (AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GNC) Conference).