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Virtual Teleoperation for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
Final performance rept. 15 May 2005-31 May 2011
IOWA STATE UNIV AMES CENTER FOR VIRTUAL REALITY APPLICATIONS
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The objective of this initiative was to design, develop, implement, and test the hardware, software, and aeronautical systems necessary to create immersive ground control stations based on virtual reality technology. Our goal was to explore the inversion of the typical paradigm in which information is conveyed to a remote operator. Rather than augmenting realtime visual information typically from cameras with information generated from other sensors and systems e.g., heads-up display, we explored, using a virtual environment of the operating theater as the primary interface context that is augmented in spatial and temporal context with the myriad of information sources available in a modern military engagement. We also explored, developed, and measured the effectiveness of new human interface techniques to enable remote operators to effectively control swarms of semi-autonomous air vehicles.
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