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Cooperative Behavior and Control in Groups of Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs)

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Department of Defense
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2002 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Advanced Technology and Research Corp.
6650 Eli Whitney Drive suite 400 Columbia, MD 21046-1001
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
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Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2002
Title: Cooperative Behavior and Control in Groups of Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs)
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00178-02-C-3100
Award Amount: $69,995.00


"The goal of this proposed effort is build a modular and expandable control system architecture that will flexibly accommodate multiple autonomous unmanned aircraft, which must perform assigned missions in coordinated cooperation with all mission aircraft.The control system must feature the ability to adaptively respond to losses during the mission, such that degraded communications or destruction of aircraft generate new allocations of responsibilities among mission members. A control system backbone inthe form of a hierarchical organizational structure of agent control modules simultaneously executing many layers of control and planning in real-time will be created. This will be accomplished by applying an advanced control system concept, called RCS(Real-time Control System), to the task of coordinated control of multiple unmanned air vehicles (UAVs). This organizational structure can carry out cooperative autonomous behavior in large groups of UAVs in various tactical situations. This controlsystem will exhibit varying autonomous capabilities, such as regrouping with losses, reallocation of resources, and reordering of priorities, while carrying out a variety of mission assignments including reconnaissance, searching, tracking, relaycommunications, target identification and navigational guidance. Autonomous vehicles including land vehicles, aircraft, and undersea vehicles, have demonstrated many advantages over manned vehicles.

Principal Investigator:

Anthony Barbera
Principal Engineer

Business Contact:

Jackson Yang
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Advanced Technology & Research Corp.
15210 Dino Drive Burtonsville, MD 20866

EIN/Tax ID: 520977059
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No