High-density Transportation Systems

High-density has been a major point of innovation in areas such as material science, manufacturing, communication, agriculture and service systems that have created tremendous social benefits. The modern computer CPUs, high-capacity cellphone batteries, high-speed wireless networks and even high-rise buildings are all examples of high-density artifacts that pack more value in less space. Thanks to the rapid advancements in control, wireless communication and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, high-density transportation is also becoming a reality.

Drone Motion Planning in Dense Aerial Traffic

The benefits of aerial logistics and urban air mobility can only materialize when large fleets of UAVs (drones) are deployed in the airspace, forming a dense 3D traffic. It is critical to understand the traffic behavior and make sure all trajectories are safe and efficicent.

Dynamic Pickup and Delivery using Drones

Orders arise randomly over time with arbitrary OD pairs in an 2D Euclidean space. Vehicles must be dispatched on the fly to transport the orders in a timely and energy efficient manner while obeying operating constraints, such as speed limits, carrying capacity, payload-dependent battery drainage model and safety requirements.

Coordinated Air-ground Patrol System

Comprehenisve resource optimization and dynamic dispatch for military and law enforcement operations.

Multiple UAV Mission Planning and Optimization System

Users only need to mark out the points (or provide a list of addresses) on Google Map or Google Earth for the drones to visit, the system will optimize the launch, rally and recovery points and compute waypoints for the UAVs in the fleet, and then upload the waypoints to UAVs for automatic execution. The drone will be controled and monitored via secure LTE datalinks.

Using a Drone Swarm to Inspect High Structures

A intelligent drone swarm can significantly improve the efficiency for 4D (dull, dirty, distant, dangerous) tasks, such as inspection the antenna tower of a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier (shown in the figures below).

UAV Swarm Motion Planning: From Theory to Practice

We are dedicated to not only inventing innovative technologies but also fielding them. We build physical UAV swarms and test them for real. We are partnering with Michigan UAS Consortium (MUASC) and will conduct flight tests at an FAA test site in Alpena, MI for beyond Part 107 operational tests. For smaller scale outdoor tests, we have a test place on WSU campus as shown in the video.