Coverage strategy for target location in marine environments using fixed-wing UAVs

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In this paper, we propose a coverage method for the search of lost targets or debris on the ocean surface. The OSCAR data set is used to determine the marine currents and the differential evolution genetic filter is used to optimize the sweep direction of the lawnmower coverage and get the sweep angle for the maximum probability of containment. The position of the target is determined by a particle filter, where the particles are moved by the ocean currents and the final probabilistic distribution is obtained by fitting the particle positions to a Gaussian probability distribution. The differential evolution algorithm is then used to optimize the sweep direction that covers the highest probability of containment cells before the less probable ones. The algorithm is tested with a variety of parameters of the differential evolution algorithm and compared to other popular optimization algorithms.
Coverage path planning, UAVs, Genetic algorithms, Differential evolution, Search algorithms
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Muñoz, J., López, B., Quevedo, F., Monje, C. A., Garrido, S. & Moreno, L. E. (2021a). Coverage Strategy for Target Location in Marine Environments Using Fixed-Wing UAVs. Drones, 5(4), 120.