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Title: System and method for operator control of heterogeneous unmanned system teams

Abstract

A control architecture and associated control methods are under development to allow a single user to control a team of multiple heterogeneous UMS as they conduct multi-faceted (i.e. multi-objective) missions in real time is disclosed. The control architecture is hierarchical, modular and layered and enables operator interaction at each layer, ensuring the human operator is in close control of the unmanned team at all times. The architecture and key data structures are introduced. Two approaches to distributed collaborative control of heterogeneous unmanned systems are described, including an extension of homogeneous swarm control and a novel application of distributed model predictive control. Initial results are presented, demonstrating heterogeneous UMS teams conducting collaborative missions.

Inventors:
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Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1493315
Patent Number(s):
10168674
Application Number:
14/258,986
Assignee:
National Technology & Engineering Solutions of Sandia, LLC (Albuquerque, NM)
Patent Classifications (CPCs):
G - PHYSICS G05 - CONTROLLING G05B - CONTROL OR REGULATING SYSTEMS IN GENERAL
Y - NEW / CROSS SECTIONAL TECHNOLOGIES Y10 - TECHNICAL SUBJECTS COVERED BY FORMER USPC Y10S - TECHNICAL SUBJECTS COVERED BY FORMER USPC CROSS-REFERENCE ART COLLECTIONS [XRACs] AND DIGESTS
DOE Contract Number:  
AC04-94AL85000
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 2014 Apr 22
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
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Citation Formats

Buerger, Stephen, Love, Joshua Alan, Neely, Jason C., Amai, Wendy A., and Little, Charles Q. System and method for operator control of heterogeneous unmanned system teams. United States: N. p., 2019. Web.
Buerger, Stephen, Love, Joshua Alan, Neely, Jason C., Amai, Wendy A., & Little, Charles Q. System and method for operator control of heterogeneous unmanned system teams. United States.
Buerger, Stephen, Love, Joshua Alan, Neely, Jason C., Amai, Wendy A., and Little, Charles Q. Tue . "System and method for operator control of heterogeneous unmanned system teams". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1493315.
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