Scientists of the doctoral school “Networked Autonomous Aerial Vehicles” implemented a self-adaptive swarm of drones and showcased it in Klagenfurt’s new drone hall, one of the largest and most modern facilities of its kind.
The swarmalator model for systems in which synchronization and swarming are coupled is implemented and studied for the first time in a technical system.
A time synchronization technique for networked devices with low-precision oscillators and low computational power is proposed and evaluated by experiments.
New packages for the Robot Operating System (ROS) are available for autonomous exploration of unknown environments using collaborating mobile robots equipped with cameras. The software offers wireless ad hoc communications between robots, merging of maps from different robots, and coordinated selection of exploration frontiers. A prototype with four robots was built that demonstrates its functionality in an indoor environment.
The precision of synchronization algorithms based on the theory of pulse-coupled oscillators is evaluated on FPGA-based radios for the first time. Measurements show that such algorithms can reach precision in the low microsecond range when being implemented in the physical layer.