The Problem statement for the event by DRDO at the 8th Inter-IIT Tech Meet, IIT Roorkee was quite interesting. Having had some experience with Micro Aerial Vehicles before, I decided to be a part of the team from IIT Kharagpur to participate in this event. The problem statement was as follows-
To build a swarm of drones capable of scanning a specified area, to detect specific objects from a widespread clutter of objects and communicate the locations of the detected target to the other agents.
The problem statement was quite intriguing and has multiple real-world applications especially during the scenario of search and rescue missions in a hostile environment. Moreover, this can also be helpful for disaster and emergency analysis, as well as for reconnaissance missions. The whole project was divided into 4 major parts as follows-
- Strategy, path planning, and controls
- Swarm architecture and communication
My major contribution was in the strategy, planning, and controls module. I was also responsible for simulation and testing. In addition to this, it was a great learning experience since it required a lot of inter-module work and thus we got an overall idea of the whole system architecture. The presentation video below will make one clear of our whole architecture.