UAV search: Maximizing target acquisition

Hussain Al-Helal, Jonathan Sprinkle

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

7 Scopus citations

Abstract

In situations where a human operator is unable to perform tactical control of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), it may be necessary to have the UAV make or suggest tactical decisions. The interaction of the UAV computers with those of the human decision makers requires that choices for the human decision maker be easy to interpret and intuitive to implement or approve. This paper provides closed-form solutions to maximize detection of a slow-moving ground target by a UAV. The output of these solutions is a height at which the UAV should fly in order to maximize probability of detection, which informs the operator whether a single vehicle is sufficient. We assume that the UAV can travel faster than the ground target with some bounded speed (but no certain direction). The ground target is detected when it is inside a field of view which is a function of the state of the UAV, so the controller for motion affects whether the target will be detected. We also provide avenues for future work where we consider the impact of results for multi-UAV search and alternative sensor accuracy models.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication17th IEEE International Conference and Workshops on the Engineering of Computer-Based Systems, ECBS 2010
Pages9-18
Number of pages10
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 11 2010
Event17th IEEE International Conference and Workshops on the Engineering of Computer-Based Systems, ECBS 2010 - Oxford, United Kingdom
Duration: Mar 22 2010Mar 26 2010

Publication series

Name17th IEEE International Conference and Workshops on the Engineering of Computer-Based Systems, ECBS 2010

Other

Other17th IEEE International Conference and Workshops on the Engineering of Computer-Based Systems, ECBS 2010
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityOxford
Period3/22/103/26/10

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Theory and Mathematics
  • Computer Science Applications

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