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Planning and Decision Making for Aerial Robots


  • Provides an introduction to the emerging field of planning and decision making for aerial robots

  • Examines the issues specific to planning and decision making for aerial robots in their environment

  • Presents a variety of techniques and developes some case studies


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Yasmina Bestaoui Sebbane
    Pages 1-58
  3. Yasmina Bestaoui Sebbane
    Pages 59-170
  4. Yasmina Bestaoui Sebbane
    Pages 171-244
  5. Yasmina Bestaoui Sebbane
    Pages 245-315
  6. Yasmina Bestaoui Sebbane
    Pages 317-395
  7. Yasmina Bestaoui Sebbane
    Pages 397-397
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 399-406

About this book


This book provides an introduction to the emerging field of planning and decision making for aerial robots. An aerial robot is the ultimate form of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, an aircraft endowed with built-in intelligence, requiring no direct human control and able to perform a specific task. It must be able to fly within a partially structured environment, to react and adapt to changing environmental conditions and to accommodate for the uncertainty that exists in the physical world. An aerial robot can be termed as a physical agent that exists and flies in the real 3D world, can sense its environment and act on it to achieve specific goals. So throughout this book, an aerial robot will also be termed as an agent.
Fundamental problems in aerial robotics include the tasks of spatial motion, spatial sensing and spatial reasoning. Reasoning in complex environments represents a difficult problem. The issues specific to spatial reasoning are planning and decision making. Planning deals with the trajectory algorithmic development based on the available information, while decision making determines priorities and evaluates potential environmental uncertainties.
The issues specific to planning and decision making for aerial robots in their environment are examined in this book and categorized as follows: motion planning, deterministic decision making, decision making under uncertainty, and finally multi-robot planning. A variety of techniques  are presented in this book, and a number of relevant case studies are examined. The topics considered in this book are multidisciplinary in nature and lie at the intersection of Robotics, Control Theory, Operational Research and Artificial Intelligence.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.UFR Sciences and TechnologiesUniversité d'Evry Val-D'EssoneEvryFrance

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Planning and Decision Making for Aerial Robots
  • Authors Yasmina Bestaoui Sebbane
  • Series Title Intelligent Systems, Control and Automation: Science and Engineering
  • Series Abbreviated Title Intelligent Systems, Cont. (formerly: Microprocessor)
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Engineering Engineering (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-03706-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-34475-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-03707-3
  • Series ISSN 2213-8986
  • Series E-ISSN 2213-8994
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XX, 406
  • Number of Illustrations 3 b/w illustrations, 14 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Control, Robotics, Mechatronics
    Aerospace Technology and Astronautics
    Artificial Intelligence
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