Optimal deployment of camera mounted UAVs performing search

Jeane Marina D'Souza, Siddhartha Suresh Rao, R. Guruprasad

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In this paper we address a problem of optimal deployment of camera mounted UAVs for a multi-robot search application. Here multiple UAVs carrying downward facing cameras are required to look for targets of interest in a search area. The lack of information about the presence or absence of targets is modeled as an uncertainty density distribution over the search area and this uncertainty is reduced as the information is gathered using the onboard cameras. The UAVs are required to get deployed so as to maximize the uncertainty reduction. We provide a model for search effectiveness of the camera and use it to formulate a strategy for optimal deployment of UAVs. It is shown that a centroidal Voronoi configuration, where each UAV (camera) is located at the centroid of the corresponding Voronoi cell is an optimal deployment. We provide simulation results to demonstrate that the proposed optimal deployment strategy successfully deploys the UAVs into centroidal Voronoi configuration, which maximizes the uncertainty reduction using cameras as search sensors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)161-165
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Engineering and Technology(UAE)
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biotechnology
  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Environmental Engineering
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • General Engineering
  • Hardware and Architecture


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