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Georgia Tech Research Institute

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Aerospace, Transportation and Advanced Systems Laboratory (ATAS)

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Georgia Tech Research Institute
250 14th Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30332-082

http://unmannedsystems.gtri.gatech.edu/

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GTRI is a recognized leader in innovative and advanced research for unmanned systems, spanning from basic research to advanced prototypes and test and evaluation. GTRI is also a leader in embedded software development, information technology, communications, networking, and robotics, and has labs for development and testing of technologies in each of these areas. GTRI’s capabilities in unmanned systems go beyond platforms. Core competencies include: (i) Autonomy and Collaborative Control, which encompasses payloads and sensor processing (2D and 3D image processing, IR, RADAR, LIDAR, etc.); intelligent autonomous control, including integrated learning algorithms and path planning; advances in system control, including low-level control, non-linear control, and mechanical control; intuitive motion control of robotic systems; intelligent autonomy, from perception to situational understanding to automated responses; multi-robot, heterogeneous collaborative control; mission planning and autonomous behaviors for unmanned systems; common command and control stations; and JAUS and STANAG-4586 compliance, (ii) Hardware Systems Development and Testing, which encompasses platform-development for unmanned air, ground, and undersea vehicles; micro-air vehicles; aircraft modeling and flight simulation; innovative noise reduction methods; computer architectures and embedded processing; and flight testing (Certificates of Authorization granted), and (iii) Testing and Evaluation, which encompasses game-based simulation for unmanned systems autonomy and control; and flight, ground, and sea testing.

GTRI researchers are building multiple small UUVs for homogeneous collaborative operations. Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) have demonstrated an excellent capability to collect valuable data for commercial, scientific, and military purposes. Networks for homogeneous collaborative AUVs are beginning to be investigated for ocean observation and monitoring. Ocean scientists see multiple AUVs as an excellent tool for operations such as area mapping for detection of objects on the ocean floor, or plume tracking for pollution monitoring. The military uses multiple AUVs to investigate large open environment missions, such as mine countermeasures (MCMs). Currently, single vehicle operation is the standard; however, if multiple collaborative AUVs were employed, operations would show increased system reliability, greater speed, and higher quality of measurements.

Homogeneous Control of Multiple Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUVs)

GTRI researchers are building multiple small UUVs for homogeneous collaborative operations. Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) have demonstrated an excellent capability to collect valuable data for commercial, scientific, and military purposes. Networks for homogeneous collaborative AUVs are beginning to be investigated for ocean observation and monitoring. Ocean scientists see multiple AUVs as an excellent tool for operations such as area mapping for detection of objects on the ocean floor, or plume tracking for pollution monitoring. The military uses multiple AUVs to investigate large open environment missions, such as mine countermeasures (MCMs). Currently, single vehicle operation is the standard; however, if multiple collaborative AUVs were employed, operations would show increased system reliability, greater speed, and higher quality of measurements.

Common Standards and Protocols


GTRI recognizes that standardization and commonality will be key to affordability and multi-platform interoperability. Using standard protocols such as JAUS and STANAG-4586, messaging standards will facilitate the rapid integration of unmanned systems technology components. GTRI’s demonstrator programs will communicate and collaborate using these standard protocols.

Testing and Evaluation

Developing a Technology Road Map for Test and Evaluation of Unmanned Systems

GTRI is developing a road map designed to identify the science and technology needed for future testing and evaluation of unmanned and autonomous systems for the U.S. Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD).

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