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Distributed Autonomous Control Action Based on Sensor and Mission Fusion

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Final rept. 1 Jun 2004-31 Aug 2005

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The research effort focuses on the exploration of sensing and control techniques in the framework of fusion and distributed control pertinent to the problem of deploying autonomous unmanned surface platforms and clusters of platforms in mission applications in support of future naval capability. The considerations which comprise the approach to the distributed autonomous problem are threefold 1 platform sensing capability for environment and mission 2 distributed based control of autonomous platforms and clusters 3 the intelligent fusion of sensor data, mission and control action. Fundamentally, the effort deals with the study of pertinent modeling approaches which may be useful in enhancing the processing and fusion of data to achieve appropriate distributed control action. This provides a vehicle for the exploration of mission specific distributed autonomous platform performance. From a real-time application perspective, the real-time turnaround, time correlation and the adaptability of a fusion based distributed control are of concern. This requires the development of novel approaches to sensor return integration and interpretation in conjunction with novel approaches to developing a fusion based distributed control strategy capable of adaptation, learning and information sharing. Potential mission applications include the implementation of these techniques in unmanned vehicle control, mine warfare, anti-submarine warfare, and anti-terrorismforce protection.

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  • Cybernetics
  • Surface Transportation and Equipment

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