A heterogeneous fleet of vehicles for automated humanitarian missions

Pieter J. Mosterman, David Escobar Sanabria, Enes Bilgin, Kun Zhang, Justyna Zander

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An automated emergency response system and an experimental framework for its design and validation are presented here. The system consists of a high-level mission optimization and a fleet of heterogeneous autonomous vehicles. The fleet includes ground vehicles for setting up local stations, fixed-wing aircraft for assessing infrastructure damage and performing surveillance, and rotorcraft for delivering emergency supplies. Internet technology provides a unifying environment for the vehicles, optimization module, operators, and emergency responders with support for computational integration in cyberspace.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number6834701
Pages (from-to)90-95
Number of pages6
JournalComputing in Science and Engineering
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2014


  • cyber-physical systems
  • humanitarian
  • model-based design
  • modeling
  • operations
  • scientific computing
  • simulation
  • virtual integration
  • visualization
  • wireless control


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