Intelligent Systems LabUniversidad Carlos III de Madrid

Autonomous Aerial Ground Vehicle Systems

An Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) or drone is an aircraft with no pilot on board, which has the ability to operate in remote, dangerous and dull situations. Many types of drones are designed for different purposes based on size, payload capacity, altitude and operation time.

Generally the drones can be classified as follows:

  • Micro UAVs – small size and extremely portable units
  • Low altitude and long distance UAVs
  • High altitude and long distance UAVs

Autonomous UAV Project

The main objective of this project is to implement different algorithms on small UAVs, in order to operate autonomously in indoor and outdoor scenarios.

The actual lines of the project can be divided as:

  • Computer Vision
    Different computer vision algorithms are used for autonomous navigation, obstacle detection, object tracking and autonomous take-off and landing
  • Control System
    Implementing different systems such as PID and Fuzzy Logic to control the drone manually or autonomously

Latest Experiments

  • Vision Based Navigation System (Visual Odometry)
  • Autonomous Landing
  • Line Detection
  • Obstacle Detection and Avoidance
  • Flight Control