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Load Transportation Using Aerial Robots

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This book addresses the challenging problem of employing aerial robots to transport and manipulate loads safely and efficiently, discussing in detail the design and derivation of control algorithms based on adaptive control, optimal control, and reinforcement learning. Unmanned aerial vehicles are increasingly being used to perform complex functions or to assist humans in dangerous missions in dynamic environments. Other possible applications include search and rescue, disaster relief operations, environmental monitoring, wireless surveillance networks, and cooperative manipulation. Creating these autonomous aerial vehicles presents significant challenges in terms of designing control schemes that can adapt to different scenarios and possible changes in vehicle dynamics. Further, aerial load manipulation and transportation is extremely important in emergency rescue missions, as well as military and industrial applications. This book provides insights into the problems that can arise in aerial load transportation and suggests control systems techniques to address them. It particularly focuses on modeling the aerial load transportation system, as well as stability and robustness analysis. It also describes an experimental testbed and controller implementation.

Offers the reader a better understanding of the current challenges facing the development of the future generation of unmanned aerial vehicles

Provides insights into problems that arise and have to be solved when achieving safe and efficient autonomous aerial load transportation

Presents detailed methods for experimental implementation of the proposed algorithms


Rafael Fierro is a Professor at the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of New Mexico, where he has been since 2007. He received a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas-Arlington. Prior to joining UNM, he held a postdoctoral appointment with the GRASP Lab at the University of Pennsylvania and a faculty position with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Oklahoma State University. His research interests include cooperative control, robotic networks, hybrid systems, autonomous vehicles, and multi-agent systems. He directs the Multi-Agent, Robotics, Hybrid and Embedded Systems (MARHES) Laboratory. Rafael Fierro was the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship, a 2004 National Science Foundation CAREER Award, and the 2008 International Society of Automation (ISA) Transactions Best Paper Award. He is currently serving as Associate Editor for the new IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems T-CNS.

Patricio Cruz is a research assistant in the MARHES Lab at the University of New Mexico (UNM). He is also presently enrolled as a Ph.D. student in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at UNM. In 2005, he received the B.S. degree in Electronics and Control Engineering from Escuela Politécnica Nacional (EPN), Quito-Ecuador. Then, he worked as design and maintenance engineer for important companies in Ecuador. During 2007, he started teaching undergraduate courses and labs at the College of Electrical and Electronics Engineering at EPN. In 2010, he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in the Fulbright Faculty Development Program. He obtained his M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from UNM in 2012. His M.Sc. thesis focused on the design and implementation of a real-time control architecture for a multi-vehicle aerial test bed. Different publications of the MARHES research group have used this architecture for experimental validation. His research interests include heterogeneous robotic systems, rotorcraft unmanned vehicles, aerial manipulation, hybrid systems, optimal and adaptive control, cooperative control, and multi-agent coordination. 

Ivana Palunko is a postdoctoral researcher at the ACROSS Center, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, University of Zagreb and is a member of the LARICS (Laboratory for Robotics and Intelligent Control Systems) research group. In 2007, she obtained a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering, majoring in Control Systems, from the same university. She defended her Ph.D. dissertation in August 2012 at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of New Mexico, USA. During her Ph.D. program, she worked as a research and teaching assistant in Professor Rafael Fierro's research group MARHES (Multi-Agent, Robotics, Hybrid and Embedded Systems Laboratory). Her research mainly focuses on the modeling and control of rotorcraft UAVs, nonlinear and adaptive control, Lyapunov stability, optimal control, dynamic programming and reinforcement learning, cooperative manipulation, consensus and graph theory. These tools are applied to problems of load transportation using aerial robots and decentralized control. 

Introduction.- Modeling and System Identification.- Baseline Controller Design and Experimental Implementation.- Robustness and Stability Issues.- Safe and Efficient Manipulation of the Suspended Load.- Load Transportation Using Multiple Quadrotors.


Titel: Load Transportation Using Aerial Robots
Untertitel: Safe and Efficient Load Manipulation
EAN: 9783319032269
ISBN: 978-3-319-03226-9
Format: Kartonierter Einband
Herausgeber: Springer, Berlin
Genre: Technik
Anzahl Seiten: 150
Größe: H235mm x B235mm x T155mm
Jahr: 2022
Untertitel: Englisch
Auflage: 1st ed. 2022

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