Accession Number:

ADA465279

Title:

SmartSwarms: Distributed UAVs that Think

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

LOOKAHEAD DECISIONS INC DAVIS CA

Report Date:

2004-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

23.0

Abstract:

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles UAVs have demonstrated tremendous capability in recent military operations. Recently swarm technology has been suggested as a possible solution to automatically control and coordinate multiple UAVs. The idea behind a swarm is that simple local rules that govern the behavior of individual entities can lead to complex emergent behavior of the system as a whole. Although such systems have achieved limited success in simulated applications, finding good rules can be difficult for humans. Moreover, such rules can result in odd behavior or unnecessarily long missions. This paper describes a swarm-based multi-UAV system, called SmartSwarms, using a radically different approach instead of operating with human-defined rules, each individual reasons using Simulated LookAhead SLA, thus incorporating a model of its world and nearby entities in decision-making. Our results show that this approach can improve swarm behavior in UAVs. SLA is affordable, scalable to a large number of UAVs, deconflicts in real-time, learns over time, is interoperable, reusable, fault tolerant, and error tolerant, and can handle uncertainty.

Subject Categories:

  • Pilotless Aircraft
  • Computer Programming and Software
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE