RISCuer: A reliable multi-UAV search and rescue testbed

Mohamed Abdelkader, Usman A. Fiaz, Noureddine Toumi, Mohamed A. Mabrok, Jeff S. Shamma

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


We present the Robotics Intelligent Systems & Control (RISC) Lab multiagent testbed for reliable search and rescue and aerial transport in outdoor environments. The system consists of a team of three multirotor unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), which are capable of autonomously searching, picking up, and transporting randomly distributed objects in an outdoor field. The method involves vision-based object detection and localization, passive aerial grasping with our novel design, GPS-based UAV navigation, and safe release of the objects at the drop zone. Our cooperative strategy ensures safe spatial separation between UAVs at all times and we prevent any conflicts at the drop zone using communication-enabled consensus. All computation is performed onboard each UAV. We describe the complete software and hardware architecture for the system and demonstrate its reliable performance using comprehensive outdoor experiments and by comparing our results with some recent, similar works.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationUnmanned Aerial Systems
Subtitle of host publicationTheoretical Foundation and Applications: A Volume in Advances in Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos (ANDC)
Number of pages30
ISBN (Electronic)9780128202760
StatePublished - Jan 1 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Autonomous aerial grasping
  • Multiagent systems
  • Reliable aerial transport
  • Search and rescue
  • UAV testbeds
  • Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)


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