Special Issue "Autonomous Control of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 October 2018
Prof. Victor Becerra
School of Engineering, University of Portsmouth, Anglesea Building, Anglesea Road, Portsmouth, PO1 3DJ, United Kingdom
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Interests: computational optimal control; fault diagnosis; fault tolerant control; autonomous control systems; state estimation; control of power systems; control of energy storage
Unmanned aerial vehicles are being increasingly used in different applications in both military and civilian domains. Their missions include, but are not limited to, surveillance, reconnaissance, target acquisition, border patrol, highway monitoring, aerial imaging, industrial inspection, etc. Operating unmanned flying vehicles is useful yet it can be challenging when the vehicle interacts with the environment. This interaction could be, for instance, in the form of landing on ground or landing pads, docking into a station, approaching terrain for inspection, or approaching another aircraft for refueling purposes. Such tasks are can be solved when the vehicle is remotely piloted, especially when the pilot has a first-person view of the environment, however, this might not always be possible due to the unavailability of a suitable data link or when there are long delays on the data link. Thus, it is important to find effective and flexible strategies to enable vehicles to perform such tasks autonomously.
Classical features of autonomous control design involve stability enhancement and waypoint flight. However, new requirements in the recent development of UAVs demand robust and adaptive control techniques for different flight conditions, aggressive maneuvers, use of non-traditional sensors such as cameras, obstacle avoidance, fault detection, fault tolerant control, etc. To achieve these ambitious requirements, systematic and innovative methods are required.
The aim of this Special Issue is to bring together researchers and practitioners in the field of unmanned aerial systems, with a common interest in autonomous control development. The Special Issue will present key challenges associated with autonomous control of unmanned aerial vehicles and will propose solution methodologies to address such challenges. We invite original contributions, as well as review papers in this area.
Prof. Victor Becerra
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- unmanned aerial vehicles
- autonomous control systems
- autonomous vehicles
- flying robots