Simultaneous Tracking of Multiple Ground Vehicles from a Single Mulitrotor UAV
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An algorithm for autonomous multirotor tracking of an arbitrary number of ground targets is formulated and evaluated through simulation. The algorithm consists of a particle filter to predict target motion, trajectory generator, and model predictive controller operating over a finite time horizon. Furthermore, a target selection algorithm is included to reject targets that preclude accurate tracking of the main target set. Performance of the guidance algorithm is evaluated through simulation using real-world target data. Simulation results show that targets can be kept within the camera’s field of view when using either a gimbaled or non-gimbaled camera, but performance may be substantially degraded in the non-gimbaled case when target dynamics occur on time scales similar to tracking vehicle dynamics.
Miller, Nathaniel Russell (2014). Simultaneous Tracking of Multiple Ground Vehicles from a Single Mulitrotor UAV. Master's thesis, Texas A & M University. Available electronically from