Using Your Brain to Control a Swarm of Drones
The swarming paradigm, deriving inspiration from the behavior of natural swarms such as bird flocks and fish schools, offers myriad advantages to a team of drones. Recent advances in computing, sensing, actuation and control technologies are currently enabling the development of swarms of aerial vehicles, varying in complexity, size and overall scale. The integration of very large teams of robots into comprehensive systems enables new tasks and missions ranging from search, exploration, rescue, surveillance, pursuit, up to deploying infrastructure. However, traditional manual control of a swarm is currently unavailable, or very limited in scope. In this talk I will focus on a novel control interface between humans and swarms of drones. The human pilot uses only his or her thought to control a swarm of drones, and more specifically assign collective behaviors to the drones. The proposed system is combined with manual interfaces to allow for a rich repertoire of control capabilities for a swarm of drones. Current developments and demonstrations of this interface in the Human-Oriented Robotics and Control Lab at ASU will be presented.