Faculty Advisor

Padir, Taskin

Faculty Advisor

Wyglinski, Alexander

Abstract

Search and rescue operations are a costly endeavour. The advent of new technologies, such as unmanned aerial vehicles, can decrease the cost of such operations and increase rescue rates by finding the lost individual in a faster manner. The issue currently faced is how to develop and deploy such a system comprised of multiple UAVs. This report describes a framework which, through the use of modular components, provides for the autonomous search and detection of a target with the flexibility to change hardware and mission specific components at will. This framework integrates multi-agent path planning, wireless communication and coordination, and on board sensor processing, fusing an FPGA, DSP, and software platform for maximum flexibility with real time performance.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2012

Major

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Major

Robotics Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

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