Controlling Teams of Uninhabited Air Vehicles

  • Jeremy W. Baxter
  • Graham S. Horn
Part of the Whitestein Series in Software Agent Technologies and Autonomic Computing book series (WSSAT)


We describe a Multi-Agent System (MAS) for controlling teams of uninhabited air vehicles (UAVs) in the context of a larger system that has been used to evaluate potential concepts of use and technologies. The approach is one of a decision-making partnership between a human operator and an intelligent uninhabited capability. The MAS controls the UAVs and self-organises to achieve the tasks set by the operator with interaction via a variable autonomy interface. We describe how the agents are integrated with the rest of the system and present a number of system integration issues that have arisen. The overall system has been evaluated in a number of human-inthe-loop trials within a detailed synthetic environment.


Group Agent User Agent Ground Vehicle Attack Phase Test Harness 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jeremy W. Baxter
    • 1
  • Graham S. Horn
    • 1
  1. 1.QinetiQ LimitedMalvern Technology CentreMalvernUK

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