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Mechanical Engineering

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Human computer interaction

2005

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Virtual Environment Uav Swarm Management Using Gpu Calculated Digital Pheromones , Bryan Walter Jan 2005

Virtual Environment Uav Swarm Management Using Gpu Calculated Digital Pheromones , Bryan Walter

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Our future military force will be complex: a highly integrated mix of manned and unmanned units. These unmanned units could function individually or within a swarm. The readiness of future warfighters to work alongside and utilize these new forces depends on the creation of usable interfaces and training simulators. The difficulty is that current unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) control interfaces require too much operator attention and common swarm control methods require expensive computational power. This dissertation discusses how to improve upon current user interfaces and how to improve the performance of a common swarm control method, the digital pheromone field ...