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JACIII Vol.27 No.5 pp. 932-941
doi: 10.20965/jaciii.2023.p0932
(2023)

Research Paper:

Collaborative Search and Package Delivery Strategy for UAV Swarms Under Area Restrictions

Ziwei Xin, Juan Li, Jie Li, and Chang Liu

School of Mechatronical Engineering, Beijing Institute of Technology
No.5 South Street, Zhongguancun, Haidian District, Beijing 100081, China

Corresponding author

Received:
April 4, 2023
Accepted:
June 2, 2023
Published:
September 20, 2023
Keywords:
UAV swarms, collaborative search, package delivery, adaptive decision-making, boundary-handling strategy
Abstract

The rapid implementation of multi-task decoupling in restricted flight areas for unmanned aerial vehicle swarms is crucial to ensure swarm effectiveness. This study introduces a task-switching mechanism in the bio-inspired rule-based (Bio-RB) decision-making algorithm and establishes a mapping relationship from behavioral rules to task modes. A complete decision model is constructed for the cooperative search and package delivery tasks. To further improve the search efficiency of swarms in restricted areas, a boundary-handling strategy based on the combination of path prediction and virtual agents is proposed. The overall scheme is termed the task-driven rule-based (Task-RB) decision-making algorithm. The proposed Task-RB method is evaluated under full-flow simulation. Numerical experiments demonstrate the superior performance of the proposed Task-RB method against the Bio-RB method under different instances.

Cite this article as:
Z. Xin, J. Li, J. Li, and C. Liu, “Collaborative Search and Package Delivery Strategy for UAV Swarms Under Area Restrictions,” J. Adv. Comput. Intell. Intell. Inform., Vol.27 No.5, pp. 932-941, 2023.
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