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Reinforcement learning and model predictive control for robust embedded quadrotor guidance and control

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1681-1693
Number of pages13
JournalAutonomous Robots
Issue number7
Early online date12 Jan 2019
DateAccepted/In press - 2 Jan 2019
DateE-pub ahead of print - 12 Jan 2019
DatePublished (current) - 15 Oct 2019


A new method for enabling a quadrotor micro air vehicle (MAV) to navigate unknown environments using reinforcement learning (RL) and model predictive control (MPC) is developed. An efficient implementation of MPC provides vehicle control and obstacle avoidance. RL is used to guide the MAV through complex environments where dead-end corridors may be encountered and backtracking is necessary. All of the presented algorithms were deployed on embedded hardware using automatic code generation from Simulink. Results are given for flight tests, demonstrating that the algorithms perform well with modest computing requirements and robust navigation.

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  • Exploration, Micro air vehicle, Model predictive control, Reinforcement learning

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