17 May 2012 A unified cooperative control architecture for UAV missions
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In this paper, we propose a unified cooperative control architecture (UCCA) that supports effective cooperation of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and learning capabilities for UAV missions. Main features of the proposed UCCA include: i) it has a modular structure; each function module focuses on a particular type of task and provide services to other function modules through well defined interfaces; ii) it allows the efficient sharing of UAV control and onboard resources by the function modules and is able to effectively handle simultaneously multiple objectives in the UAV operation; iii) it facilitates the cooperation among different function modules; iv) it supports effective cooperation among multiple UAVs on a mission's tasks, v) an objective driven learning approach is also supported, which allows UAVs to systematically explore uncertain mission environments to increase the level of situation awareness for the achievement of their mission/task objectives.
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Xin Tian, Yaakov Bar-Shalom, Genshe Chen, Erik Blasch, Khanh Pham, "A unified cooperative control architecture for UAV missions", Proc. SPIE 8392, Signal Processing, Sensor Fusion, and Target Recognition XXI, 83920X (17 May 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.919793; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.919793

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