Towards programmable coordination of unmanned vehicle networks

TitleTowards programmable coordination of unmanned vehicle networks
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsMarques, ERB, Ribeiro, M, Pinto, J, de Sousa, JBorges, Martins, F
Conference NameIFAC-PapersOnLine
KeywordsCooperative control, Coordination, Programming, Unmanned vehicles

The use of unmanned vehicle networks for diverse applications is becoming widespread. It is generally hard to program unmanned vehicle networks as a "whole", however. The coordination of multiple vehicles requires careful planning through intricate human intervention, and a high degree of informality is implied in what concerns the specification of a "network program" for an application scenario. In this context, we have been developing a programming language for expressing global specifications of coordinated behavior in unmanned vehicle networks, the Networked Vehicles' Language (NVL). In this paper we illustrate the use of the language for a thermal pollution plume tracking scenario employing unmanned underwater vehicles.