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Load Transportation Using Aerial Robots

Safe and Efficient Load Manipulation

Authors: Fierro, Rafael, Cruz, Patricio, Palunko, Ivana

  • Offers readers a better understanding of the current challenges in the development of the next generation of unmanned aerial vehicles
  • Provides insights into problems that arise in safe and efficient autonomous aerial load transportation
  • Presents detailed methods for experimental implementation of the proposed algorithms
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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 types of autonomous aerial vehicles places severe demands on the design of control schemes that can adapt to different scenarios and possible changes in vehicle dynamics. As such, aerial load manipulation and transportation is extremely important in emergency rescue missions as well as for military and industrial purposes.

This book provides insights into the problems that can arise in aerial load transportation and suggests control systems techniques to solve them. It particularly focuses is on modeling the aerial load transportation system, as well as stability and robustness analysis. It also describes an experimental testbed and controller implementation.


About the authors

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, rotor-craft 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. 


Buy this book

eBook $39.99
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  • The eBook version of this title will be available soon
  • Due: December 20, 2019
  • ISBN 978-3-319-03227-6
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Softcover $54.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Load Transportation Using Aerial Robots
Book Subtitle
Safe and Efficient Load Manipulation
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Applied Sciences and Technology
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-03227-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-03226-9
Series ISSN
2191-530X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
150
Number of Illustrations
60 b/w illustrations, 10 illustrations in colour
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