UNMANNED AERIAL AND SURFACE VEHICLES PATH COORDINATION FOR MARITIME SURVEILLANCE APPLICATIONS

Qingying He, Wei Liu

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Abstract

This study explores the potential of utilizing cooperative unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) for cost-effective distributed maritime monitoring. By considering spatial-temporal constraints and physical characteristics, a coordinated path planning strategy is developed to minimize operating costs while ensuring the completion of essential monitoring tasks (e.g., illegal fishing, monitoring water quality, and tracking vessel traffic and air pollution). This study investigates the feasibility of transporting UAVs on USVs for certain trips, reducing operational costs and accommodating UAVs’ limited flight range. To address the path planning problem, a mixed-integer linear programming model is developed, and an efficient Adaptive Large Neighborhood Search (ALNS) algorithm is proposed for solving large-scale problems. Numerical studies have been conducted in simulated near-shore maritime environments in the context of Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. Overall, this study provides insights into the effectiveness and feasibility of employing cooperative UAVs and USVs for cost-effective distributed maritime monitoring.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 27th International Conference of Hong Kong Society for Transportation Studies, HKSTS 2023
Subtitle of host publicationTransport and Equity
EditorsMei-Po Kwan, Sylvia Y. He, Y.H. Kuo
PublisherHong Kong Society for Transportation Studies Limited
Pages35-44
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9789881581518
Publication statusPublished - 2023
Event27th International Conference of Hong Kong Society for Transportation Studies: Transport and Equity, HKSTS 2023 - Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Duration: 11 Dec 202312 Dec 2023

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 27th International Conference of Hong Kong Society for Transportation Studies, HKSTS 2023: Transport and Equity

Conference

Conference27th International Conference of Hong Kong Society for Transportation Studies: Transport and Equity, HKSTS 2023
Country/TerritoryHong Kong
CityHong Kong
Period11/12/2312/12/23

Keywords

  • Coordinated path planning
  • Maritime monitoring
  • MILP
  • UAV
  • USV

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Transportation
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality

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