Integrating Learning, Optimization, and Prediction for Efficient Navigation of Swarms of Drones

Amin Majd, Adnan Ashraf, Elena Troubitsyna, Masoud Daneshtalab

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Abstract

Swarms of drones are increasingly been used in a variety of monitoring and surveillance, search and rescue, and photography and filming tasks. However, despite the growing popularity of swarm-based applications of drones, there is still a lack of approaches to generate efficient drone routes while minimizing the risks of drone collisions. In this paper, we present a novel approach that integrates learning, optimization, and prediction for generating efficient and safe routes for swarms of drones. The proposed approach comprises three main components: (1) a high-performance dynamic evolutionary algorithm for optimizing drone routes, (2) a reinforcement learning algorithm for incorporating the feedback and runtime data about the system state, and (3) a prediction approach to predict the movement of drones and moving obstacles in the flying zone. We also present a parallel implementation of the proposed approach and evaluate it against two benchmarks. The results demonstrate that the proposed approach allows to significantly reduce the route lengths and computation overhead while producing efficient and safe routes.

Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Title of host publication2018 26th Euromicro International Conference on Parallel, Distributed and Network-based Processing (PDP)
EditorsIvan Merelli, Pietro Lio, Igor Kotenko
PublisherIEEE
Pages101–108
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5386-4975-6
ISBN (Print)978-1-5386-4976-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventEuromicro International Conference on Parallel, Distributed and Network-based Processing (PDP) - Euromicro International Conference on Parallel, Distributed and Network-based Processing (PDP)
Duration: 21 Mar 201823 Mar 2018

Conference

ConferenceEuromicro International Conference on Parallel, Distributed and Network-based Processing (PDP)
Period21/03/1823/03/18

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