Marc D. Richards

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We present a Genetic Programming approach to evolve cooperative controllers for teams of UAVs. Our focus is a collaborative search mission in an uncertain and/or hostile environment. The controllers are decision trees constructed from a set of low-level functions. Evolved decision trees are robust to changes in initial mission parameters and approach the(More)
Air operations mission planning is a complex task, growing ever more complex as the number, variety, and interactivity of air assets increases. Mission planners are responsible for generating as close to optimal taskings of air assets to missions under severe time constraints. This function can be aided by decision-support tools to help ease the search(More)
In contrast with the diverse array of genetic algorithms, the Genetic Programming (GP) paradigm is usually applied in a relatively uniform manner. Heuristics have developed over time as to which replacement strategies and selection methods are best. The question addressed in this paper is relatively simple: since there are so many variants of evolutionary(More)
Our SPARTEN (Spatially Produced Airspace Routes from Tactical Evolved Networks) tool generates coordinated mission plans for constellations of unmanned aerial vehicles by allowing the mission planner to specify the importance of each objective for each mission. Using an evolutionary algorithm-based, multi-objective optimization technique, we consider(More)
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