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  • Start: January, 2011
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Collective Motion of Flying Robots (Drones)

Before flight... Drones are starting to become part of our lives. A single drone can take aerial footage, follow a target, deliver stock. But can you imagine what a flock of drones could do?

At Eötvös University, Department of Biological Physics we are involved in carrying out research on the group flight of drones. We are highly motivated by the potential Applications of Autonomous Drone Flocks. By autonomous we mean that our robots control themselves to achieve the task they are assigned to in a self-organized, decentralized way.

Application Potential

  • Collective search: a flock of drones can typically be used in search/rescue/hunt operations with onboard cameras/heatcams. Multiple units perform much better than a single drone, since they can cover an area more efficiently while looking for a possibly moving target.
  • Agricultural monitoring: imagine a flock of drones humming above your plantation without stepping on fresh sprouts, measuring environmental conditions, assessing growth rate, delivering nutrients or pesticides locally in small amount.
  • Event surveillance: No need for expensive cranes or helicopters any more, a flock of drones can perform continuous surveillance or can provide multiple viewpoints anywhere from the sky.
  • Dancing with Drones (an EU FET-ART Project)

We are looking for investors to realize any of the above, or even more...

Media Coverage

Related Videos

Monty Python intro remake with drones  (YouTube version)

An autonomous swarm of flying robots (full documentary)

An autonomous swarm of flying robots (shortened documentary)

Ilyen, mikor üldöznek a magyar drónok (videó: Index, légifelvételek: Lőrincz Mátyás)

Autonomous drones learn to fly as a flock (video: Reuters, aerial footage: Mátyás Lőrincz)

Aerial footage of the flock at Farkashegy Airport (video by Mátyás Lőrincz)

Dancing with Drones Project with Nina Kov - first tests.

Related Images

All photos taken by Attila Korbely. If you need high resolution images for media publication, please contact Gábor Vásárhelyi.

Publications

  1. Cs. Virágh, G. Vásárhelyi, N. Tarcai, T. Szörényi, G. Somorjai, T. Nepusz and T. Vicsek (2014) Flocking algorithm for autonomous flying robots Bioinspiration & Biomimetics 9 025012 [doi] [url] [pdf] detailed record
  2. Cs. Virágh, G. Vásárhelyi and T. Vicsek (2014) Csoportos mozgás drónokkal Természet Világa 145 242--245 [url] [pdf] detailed record
  3. G. Vásárhelyi, Cs. Virágh, N. Tarcai, T. Szörényi, G. Somorjai, T. Nepusz and T. Vicsek (2014) Outdoor flocking and formation flight with autonomous aerial robots 3866-3873 [doi] [url] Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2014), 2014 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on [pdf] detailed record

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