Neural Network Approach for Obstacle Avoidance in 3-D Environments for UAVs

Vivek Yadav
Xiaohua Wang
S. N. Balakrishnan, Missouri University of Science and Technology

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In this paper a controller design is proposed to get obstacle free trajectories in a three dimensional urban environment for unmanned air vehicles (UAVs). The controller has a two-layer architecture. In the upper layer, vision-inspired Grossberg neural network is proposed to get the shortest distance paths. In the bottom layer, a model predictive control (MPC) based controller is used to obtain dynamically feasible trajectories. Simulation results are presented for to demonstrate the potential of the approach.