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Extending QGroundControl for Automated Mission Planning of UAVs

Department of Computer Science, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, 28049 Madrid, Spain
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Sensors 2018, 18(7), 2339; https://doi.org/10.3390/s18072339
Received: 15 June 2018 / Revised: 9 July 2018 / Accepted: 17 July 2018 / Published: 18 July 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Internet of Things Middleware Platforms and Sensing Infrastructure)
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAVs) have become very popular in the last decade due to some advantages such as strong terrain adaptation, low cost, zero casualties, and so on. One of the most interesting advances in this field is the automation of mission planning (task allocation) and real-time replanning, which are highly useful to increase the autonomy of the vehicle and reduce the operator workload. These automated mission planning and replanning systems require a Human Computer Interface (HCI) that facilitates the visualization and selection of plans that will be executed by the vehicles. In addition, most missions should be assessed before their real-life execution. This paper extends QGroundControl, an open-source simulation environment for flight control of multiple vehicles, by adding a mission designer that permits the operator to build complex missions with tasks and other scenario items; an interface for automated mission planning and replanning, which works as a test bed for different algorithms, and a Decision Support System (DSS) that helps the operator in the selection of the plan. In this work, a complete guide of these systems and some practical use cases are provided. View Full-Text
Keywords: decision support system; ground control station; mission planning; multi-objective optimization; QGroundControl; unmanned aerial vehicles decision support system; ground control station; mission planning; multi-objective optimization; QGroundControl; unmanned aerial vehicles
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Ramirez-Atencia, C.; Camacho, D. Extending QGroundControl for Automated Mission Planning of UAVs. Sensors 2018, 18, 2339.

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