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Bio-inspired odor-based navigation
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Paper Abstract

The ability of many insects, especially moths, to locate either food or a member of the opposite sex is an amazing achievement. There are numerous scenarios where having this ability embedded into ground-based or aerial vehicles would be invaluable. This paper presents results from a 3-D computer simulation of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) autonomously tracking a chemical plume to its source. The simulation study includes a simulated dynamic chemical plume, 6-degree of freedom, nonlinear aircraft model, and a bio-inspired navigation algorithm. The emphasis of this paper is the development and analysis of the navigation algorithm. The foundation of this algorithm is a fuzzy controller designed to categorize where in the plume the aircraft is located: coming into the plume, in the plume, exiting the plume, or out of the plume.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 May 2006
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 6228, Modeling and Simulation for Military Applications, 62280V (22 May 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.665842
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Maynard J. Porter, Air Force Institute of Technology (United States)
Juan R. Vasquez, Air Force Institute of Technology (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6228:
Modeling and Simulation for Military Applications
Kevin Schum; Alex F. Sisti, Editor(s)

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