Autonomous helicopter for surveillance and security

TitleAutonomous helicopter for surveillance and security
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsZingaretti P, Mancini A, Frontoni E, Monteriù A., Longhi S
Conference Name2007 Proceedings of the ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, DETC2007

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles represent today an advanced and complex robotics platform for novel tasks. For example, UAVs can be used in applications for traffic monitoring and surveillance, emergency services assistance, photogrammetry and surveying. Generally, an UAV must be fully autonomous; autonomy is accomplished by a complex interconnection of systems related to a wide range of topics, e.g., flight low level control, navigation and task-based planning, elaboration of sensor signals, software architecture for reactive behaviours, communication. Today the challenge is the ability to insert UAVs in a cooperative network based on autonomous agents as UAV, UGV (Unmanned Ground Vehicle) to accomplish a specific task a priori defined. In this paper we introduce a prototype of autonomous aerial vehicle, the Helibot helicopter, specifically designed for applications as surveillance and security. Copyright © 2007 by ASME.