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Supervisory controlled operations of UAVs for tracking and surveillance of vehicle targets (SCOUTS)
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Paper Abstract

In this paper, we present SCOUTS, an autonomous system for the allocation of multiple small UAVs equipped with video sensors specifically geared to tracking and reacquisition of vehicle targets in urban environments. To demonstrate SCOUTS performance, we test our system in a simulation incorporating the key challenges encountered by real-time UAV tracking scenarios, including unreliable reports from poor image quality, disruption latency in communication, and temporary gaps in persistent surveillance requiring target re-acquisition strategies. The results provided in this paper establish SCOUTS as a robust approach to this challenging problem.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 April 2008
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 6962, Unmanned Systems Technology X, 69620I (16 April 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.780381
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Amber Fischer, 21st Century Systems, Inc. (United States)
Nathan Denny, 21st Century Systems, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6962:
Unmanned Systems Technology X
Grant R. Gerhart; Douglas W. Gage; Charles M. Shoemaker, Editor(s)

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