Path Planning for Cooperative Drones: Coverage and Connectivity

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In recent years, civil and commercial unmanned aerial vehicles (a.k.a. drones) have attracted significant attention because of their potential in many applications. While some of these applications only need a single drone, many important applications call for a fleet of drones working together for faster task execution and extended surveillance coverage. To effectively coordinate a fleet of drones working on a common task, we will focus on path planning, i.e., specifying a path for each drone to fly through, with the consideration of both field coverage and network connectivity. Particularly, we will develop path planning solutions where drones need to survey a field with a given deadline in one round trip. To validate the path planning solutions, we will build a testbed and study more implementation details including mapping a path plan to trajectory with smooth turns and adjusting directional antennae for the bestcommunication performance.


Project number7004678
Effective start/end date1/09/162/09/19