MAVwork : a framework for unified interfacing between micro aerial vehicles and visual controllers

Mellado-Bataller, Ignacio, Pestana, Jesús , Olivares-Mendez, Miguel A., Campoy, Pascual, & Mejias, Luis (2013) MAVwork : a framework for unified interfacing between micro aerial vehicles and visual controllers. Studies in Computational Intelligence, 466, pp. 165-179.

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Debugging control software for Micro Aerial Vehicles (MAV) can be risky out of the simulator, especially with professional drones that might harm people around or result in a high bill after a crash. We have designed a framework that enables a software application to communicate with multiple MAVs from a single unified interface. In this way, visual controllers can be first tested on a low-cost harmless MAV and, after safety is guaranteed, they can be moved to the production MAV at no additional cost. The framework is based on a distributed architecture over a network. This allows multiple configurations, like drone swarms or parallel processing of drones' video streams. Live tests have been performed and the results show comparatively low additional communication delays, while adding new functionalities and flexibility. This implementation is open-source and can be downloaded from

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ID Code: 57588
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: No
Additional Information: Frontiers of Intelligent Autonomous Systems
Keywords: MAV, UAV, Communications, Framework, Software architecture
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-35485-4_13
ISSN: 1860-949X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING (090600)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Deposited On: 25 Feb 2013 02:01
Last Modified: 23 May 2014 00:05

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