TrackerBots: software in the loop study of quad-copter robots for locating radio-tags in a 3D space

Hoa Van Nguyen, S. Hamid Rezatofighi, David Taggart, Bertram Ostendorf, Damith C. Ranasinghe

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We investigate the problem of tracking and planning for a UAV in a task to locate multiple radio-tagged wildlife in a three-dimensional (3D) setting in the context of our Tracker-Bots research project. In particular, we investigate the implementation of a 3D tracking and planning problem formulation with a focus on wildlife habitats in hilly terrains. We use the simplicity of Received Signal Strength Indicator (RSSI) measurements of VHF (Very High Frequency) radio tags, commonly used to tag and track animals for both wildlife conservation and management, in our approach. We demonstrate and evaluate our planning for tracking multiple mobile radio tags under real-world digital terrain models and radio signal measurement models in a simulated software-in-the-loop environment of a Quad-Copter.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationACRA 2018 Proceedings
EditorsIan Woodhead
Place of PublicationChristchurch NZ
PublisherAustralian Robotics and Automation Association (ARAA)
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes
EventAustralasian Conference on Robotics and Automation 2018 - Lincoln, Canterbury, New Zealand
Duration: 4 Dec 20186 Dec 2018 (Proceedings) (Website)

Publication series

NameAustralasian Conference on Robotics and Automation, ACRA
PublisherAustralasian Conference on Robotics and Automation
ISSN (Print)1448-2053


ConferenceAustralasian Conference on Robotics and Automation 2018
Abbreviated titleACRA 2018
CountryNew Zealand
CityLincoln, Canterbury
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