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Coordination and control of cooperating heterogeneous unmanned systems in uncertain environments

Objective

GREX is the Latin word for a herd - and such a herd or group is the nucleus of this project. It is the main objective to create a conceptual framework and middleware to coordinate a swarm of diverse, heterogeneous physical objects (exemplary robotic vehicles) working in cooperation to achieve a defined practical goal in an optimised manner. The emphasis will be placed on methods and tools enabling a solution of problems that cannot be solved by one system alone, and which can ensure a better and provable quality of the results. Due to their increasing importance for European industries and research (e.g. biotechnology, pharmacy, or homeland security), the emphasis will be placed on the coordination of marine vehicles, which are becoming the main tool for the exploration and exploitation of the ocean. The technical problems that must be solved are far more complex than those that occur on land or space. The absence of reliable navigation and communication systems and the presence of an unpredictable environment present complex problems that do not occur in other fields. However, the solutions and systems developed in this project can be adopted to other application fields.

The project goal is the development of theoretical and practical tools for multiple system cooperation, bridging the gap between concept and practice. The technology developed must be widely generic in order to interface pre-existing heterogeneous systems. Methods that address the problems caused by faulty communications will be developed and tested. A coordinated mission control, enabling end-users to effectively program and follow the state of progress of multi-vehicle missions will be implemented. Programming will use formal methods for software validation. The use of perception and communication techniques will also be exploited to enable ad hoc formation of information and sensor networks among a swarm of vehicles. To assess the success of GREX a series of field trials will be performed.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electronic engineering/sensors/smart sensors

Funding Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project

Coordinator

ATLAS ELEKTRONIK GMBH
Address
Sebaldsbruecker Heerstrasse 235
28309 Bremen
Germany

Participants (8)

IMAR - INSTITUTO DO MAR
Portugal
Address
Dep. De Zoologia, Facul. De Ciencias E Tec.,univ. De Coimbra
3004 517 Coimbra
INNOVA SPA
Italy
Address
Via Della Scrofa 117
Roma
INSTITUT FRANCAIS DE RECHERCHE POUR L' EXPLOITATION DE LA MER
France
Address
Rue Jean-jacques Rousseau 155
92130 Issy Les Moulineaux
INSTITUTO SUPERIOR TECNICO
Portugal
MC MARKETING CONSULTING (JAROWINSKY MICHAEL)
Germany
Address
Kaiserstrasse 4
24143 Kiel
SCIANT LTD
Bulgaria
Address
Chamkoria Street 9
1504 Sofia
SEEBYTE LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
Canaan Court, 6A Canaan Lane
EH10 4SY Edinburgh
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET ILMENAU
Germany
Address
Max-planck-ring 14
98683 Ilmenau