Analysis of network communications between cooperative unmanned vehicles for autonomous surveillance

Sara Minaeian, Jian Liu, Young Jun Son

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Abstract

Nowadays, unmanned vehicles (UVs) are widely used for autonomous missions such as crowd surveillance. The goal of this paper is to devise reliable network designs (including technology and topology) based on different control architectures for a team of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) and a ground control center (GCC) in performing collaborative crowd control. To this end, an overview of various control architectures (e.g., centralized, distributed, and hierarchical) is first provided, through which, different communication and control flows are studied. The reason is that, depending on the architecture, modules needed for crowd surveillance (i.e., crowd detection, crowd tracking, and UV's motion planning) may run on the GCC or onboard individual vehicles. The requirements of network communications for the surveillance application are then studied under these architectures. Based on trade-off analysis, some recommendations for selecting an appropriate wireless local area network (WLAN) technology and network topology are provided. Network simulation models are generated as well, to test and demonstrate the network performance under various control architectures. Preliminary simulation results demonstrate the performance of the network design depending on the control architecture, in terms of packet transmission delay. The trade-off between computational and communication latencies are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages2138-2143
Number of pages6
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020
Event2016 Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference, ISERC 2016 - Anaheim, United States
Duration: May 21 2016May 24 2016

Conference

Conference2016 Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference, ISERC 2016
CountryUnited States
CityAnaheim
Period5/21/165/24/16

Keywords

  • Control architecture
  • Network communication
  • UAV
  • UGV
  • WLAN

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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    Minaeian, S., Liu, J., & Son, Y. J. (2020). Analysis of network communications between cooperative unmanned vehicles for autonomous surveillance. 2138-2143. Paper presented at 2016 Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference, ISERC 2016, Anaheim, United States.