Mr. Milan Rollo Ph.D.
Future Forces Forum Future Forces Exhibition 2016 Military Advanced Robotic Systems (MARS) Conference 2016
Researcher, Artificial Intelligence Center
Czech Technical University in Prague
Distributed Control of Heterogeneous Team of Autonomous UAVs
Most field missions are carried out nowadays by remotely piloted aircraft (RPA). With the increasing complexity of these missions and the growing number of aircraft involved, it becomes desirable to use autonomous UAVs. These will take over some of the tasks that are at present carried out by a ground control station (GCS) operator. Autonomous UAVs require UAV control software with greater capabilities. Our system allows distributed control of a heterogeneous team of autonomous UAVs utilizing state-of-the-art AI algorithms for resource allocation and mission execution without direct involvement of a human operator during the planning phase. The system addresses three important considerations: (i) it provides a wrapper for planners and control algorithms, and interfaces them with the underlying hardware (or simulated) infrastructure, (ii) it enables multi-agent communication and negotiation among entities, and (iii) it provides support for heterogeneous asset allocation to tactical mission tasks.
Dr. Milan Rollo works as a senior researcher in the Agent Technology Center at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague. His main research interests are multi-agent systems, especially distributed team action planning, communication management and resource allocation in mobile ad-hoc networks and distributed knowledge acquisition and maintenance.
In recent years he was involved in numerous research projects in the field of distributed coordination and cooperation in teams of autonomous robots funded by US defense agencies.
At present he is active in a field of collective robotics, with focus on deployment of free-flight concept approaches on autonomous UAVs (funded by Czech MoD and US ARL in cooperation with NUAIR FAA UAS Test Site in Rome, NY) and light sport aircraft (funded by the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic).
He was a visiting researcher with Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC), Pensacola, USA in 2008. He is an author or coauthor of more than 20 scientific papers and member of program and organizing committees of several international conferences. Jointly with his colleagues he has received the Czech Engineering Academy Award in 2007. He is teaching several courses in Robotics and Cybernetics and Aircraft and Space Systems study programs. He led a number of bachelor and master students.