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Semiautonomous Haptic Teleoperation Control Architecture of Multiple Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

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6 Author(s)
Dongjun Lee ; Sch. of Mech. & Aerosp. Eng., Seoul Nat. Univ., Seoul, South Korea ; Franchi, A. ; Hyoung Il Son ; ChangSu Ha
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We propose a novel semiautonomous haptic teleoperation control architecture for multiple unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), consisting of three control layers: 1) UAV control layer, where each UAV is abstracted by, and is controlled to follow the trajectory of, its own kinematic Cartesian virtual point (VP); 2) VP control layer, which modulates each VP's motion according to the teleoperation commands and local artificial potentials (for VP-VP/VP-obstacle collision avoidance and VP-VP connectivity preservation); and 3) teleoperation layer, through which a single remote human user can command all (or some) of the VPs' velocity while haptically perceiving the state of all (or some) of the UAVs and obstacles. Master passivity/slave stability and some asymptotic performance measures are proved. Experimental results using four custom-built quadrotor-type UAVs are also presented to illustrate the theory.

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Mechatronics, IEEE/ASME Transactions on  (Volume:18 ,  Issue: 4 )