Control of a Self-Organizing Network of Quadrotor Vehicles Interacting with Real-Time Acoustic Signals
Networks are pervasive in our world. From migrating birds flying in formation, to social groups, wireless networks, world-wide web, the examples are endless. Migrating birds, such as the Canada goose, are a good example of a network between agents where information is communicated based on real-time musical (acoustic) signals. Inspired by this example, the research problem being addressed in this proposal is the real-time autonomous response of a network of quadrotors to acoustic inputs in a choreographic performance. This is an open and challenging problem because the control algorithm must react in real-time to musical inputs that are unknown a-priori. This work will be done in collaboration with Pleiades Robotics. Pleiades is a Canadian company that has recently announced plans to release a new design for a quadrotor robot called Spiri.