Guest editorial

Delin Luo, Feng Lin
2017 International Journal of Intelligent Computing and Cybernetics  
Autonomous control of Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) is that UASs can make decisions in the flight and carry out missions autonomously according to the scheduled tasks and rules through online sensing the surrounding situation. Through cooperation, UASs can share information among individual agents and work together to accomplish complicated mission which would not be possible for a single agent otherwise. With the development of UAS technology, autonomous control has become one of the hot topics
more » ... and key technologies in UAS research field. The applications of UASs cover a broad spectrum of domains including scientific explorations in space and underwater far beyond human reach, life rescue in dangerous and hazardous environments, formation flight, cooperative foraging and coverage of a given area, multi-target observation, swarming and flocking. Due to the highly dynamic and uncertain environment in which mission is executed and the complexity of flight mission, improving the capability of autonomous control is one of the most important objectives for the development of UAS technologies. This special focus is expected to present readers with some recent significant achievements on autonomous control of UAS. Ten excellent papers have been accepted in this special issue covering up-to-date advances in theoretical design and applications of this research topic. The research paper "Agent model for multi-UAV control via protocol designs" by Sunan Huang et al. explores multi-UAV control in the framework of providing surveillance of areas of interest with automatic loss detection and replacement capabilities. The research is based on the concept of a multi-agent system in the decentralized form and presents the framework of the multi-agent system and protocol design for monitoring the network of a group of UAVs. In the research paper "Formulating layered adjustable autonomy for unmanned aerial vehicles" by Mostafa Salama et al., a layered adjustable autonomy (LAA) as a dynamically adjustable autonomy model for a multi-agent system is proposed to efficiently manage humans and agents share control of autonomous systems and maintain humans' global control over the agents. The UAV system implementation consists of two parts, software and hardware. The software part represents the controller and the cognitive, and the hardware represents the computing machinery and the actuator of the UAV system. The application of LAA model in a UAV manifests the significance of implementing dynamic adjustable autonomy. The research paper "Fuzzy logic algorithm of hovering control for the quadrotor unmanned aerial system" by Lie Yu et al. presents a control strategy which uses two independent PID controllers to realize the hovering control for unmanned aerial systems. In which, one PID controller is used for position tracking control, while the other is selected for the vertical component of velocity tracking control. Meanwhile, fuzzy logic algorithm is presented to use the actual horizontal component of velocity to compute the desire position. In the research paper "Station-keeping control for a stratosphere airship via wind speed prediction approach" by Jihui Qiu et al., a feedforward-feedback PID controller is designed to improve the precision of the station-keeping control for a stratosphere airship by wind speed predication. First of all, the online prediction of wind speed is implemented by the I-ELM algorithm with rolling time. Second, the feedforward-feedback PID controller based on the location information of the airship and the predicted wind speed is designed.
doi:10.1108/ijicc-09-2017-0112 fatcat:qqqgqt4upva35kdcxkpdivjvxq