Title

Software Updates to a Multiple Autonomous Quadcopter Search System (MAQSS)

Date

5-2017

Degree Name

BS in Computer Engineering

Department

Computer Engineering Department

Advisor(s)

Lynne Slivovsky

Abstract

A series of performance-based and feature implementation software updates to an existing multiple vehicle autonomous target search system is outlined in this paper. The search system, MAQSS, is designed to address a computational power constraint found on modern autonomous aerial platforms by separating real-time and computationally expensive tasks through delegation to multiple multirotor vehicles. A Ground Control Station (GCS) is also described as part of the MAQSS system to perform the delegation and provide a low workload user interface. Ultimately, the changes to MAQSS noted in this paper helped to improve the performance of the autonomous search mission, the accuracy of its results, and laid groundwork for future development.

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