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Dubins Vehicle Tracking of a Target With Unpredictable Trajectory

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Ross Anderson, Dejan Milutinović

University of California, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA

Paper No. DSCC2011-6060, pp. 675-682; 8 pages
  • ASME 2011 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference and Bath/ASME Symposium on Fluid Power and Motion Control
  • ASME 2011 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference and Bath/ASME Symposium on Fluid Power and Motion Control, Volume 1
  • Arlington, Virginia, USA, October 31–November 2, 2011
  • Conference Sponsors: Dynamic Systems and Control Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5475-4
  • Copyright © 2011 by ASME


Motivated by a fixed-speed, fixed-altitude Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), we seek to control the turning rate of a planar Dubins vehicle that tracks an unpredictable target at a nominal standoff distance. To account for all realizations of the uncertain target kinematics, we model the target motion as a planar random walk. A Bellman equation and an approximating Markov chain that is consistent with the stochastic kinematics is used to compute an optimal control policy that minimizes the expected value of a cost function based on the nominal distance. Our results illustrate that the control can further be applied to a class of continuous, smooth trajectories with no need for further computation.

Copyright © 2011 by ASME



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