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Sorathan Chaturapruek


A Mathematical Framework for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Obstacle Avoidance

Weiqing Gu
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Zachary Dodds


The obstacle avoidance navigation problem for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) is a very challenging problem. It lies at the intersection of many fields such as probability, differential geometry, optimal control, and robotics. We build a mathematical framework to solve this problem for quadrotors using both a theoretical approach through a Hamiltonian system and a machine learning approach that learns from human sub-experts' multiple demonstrations in obstacle avoidance. Prior research on the machine learning approach uses an algorithm that does not incorporate geometry. We have developed tools to solve and test the obstacle avoidance problem through mathematics.


A Mathematical Framework for UAV Motion to Avoid Static and Dynamic Obstacles

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