The IEEE Central Texas Section Joint SMC-AES Chapter met on November 14, 2016 at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Unmanned Systems Lab. Dr. Yongcan Cao provided a technical presentation on his primary research focus in developing cooperative multiple unmanned systems. These include control and coordination of multiple dynamic systems, network issues associated with communications and cooperative sensing, and development of architectures for unmanned vehicles. Following the technical presentation, the group moved to the lab for demonstrations of a single quadcopter drone performing waypoint following and two drones performing leader-follower flight maneuvers. Attendees were also offered an opportunity to manually fly the drones via joystick control. The group returned to the meeting room for discussions while enjoying pizza provided by the chapter. During a short business meeting, the chapter elected officers for the 2016-2017 term. All current officers were re-elected to serve a second term. Walt Downing will serve as chapter chair, Sos Agaian will serve as chapter vice-chair, and Nils Smith will serve as secretary/treasurer.
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Quanser Qball-X4 Quadcopter on the starting position in the UTSA Unmanned Systems Lab
Qball in flight
Attendees await launch of two Qballs
Attendees watch two Qballs perform leader-follower flight maneuvers