Towards Framework-Based UxV Software Systems – An Applied Research Prospective


  1. Broten, G.S.
  2. Nonckton, S.P.
  3. Giesbrecht, J.L.
  4. Collier, J.A.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Suffield, Ralston ALTA (CAN)
Defence R&D Canada changed research direction in 2002 from pure tele-operated land vehicles to general autonomy for land, air, and sea craft(UxV). The unique constraints of the military environment coupled with the complexity of autonomous systems drove DRDC to carefully plan a research and development infrastructure that would provide state of the art tools without restricting research scope. DRDC's long term objectives for its autonomy program address disparate unmanned ground vehicle (UGV), unattended ground sensor (UGS), air (UAV), and subsea and surface (UUV and USV) vehicles operating together with minimal human oversight. Individually, these systems will range in complexity from single reconnaissance mini-UAV's streaming video to sophisticated autonomous combat UGV's exploiting embedded and remote sensing. Together, these systems can provide low risk, long endurance, battlefield services assuming they can communicate and cooperate with manned and unmanned systems. Clearly computational, structural, and control requirements will vary greatly in both complexity and scale between platforms. Yet future forces must share a common infrastructure, command and control to participate in joint operations. This chapter describes DRDC's experiences during the migration from a legacy, tele-operated system, to a modern frameworks based robotics program. To assist the migration DRDC chose a whitebox framework approach that extended the capabilities of the existing, academic based, Mi
Report Number
DRDC-SUFFIELD-SL-2005-227 — Scientific Literature
Date of publication
01 Jan 2007
Number of Pages
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