Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository


Master of Engineering Science


Electrical and Computer Engineering


Ilia Polushin


In this thesis, a new type of haptic teleoperator system for remote control of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) has been developed, where the Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) algorithms are implemented for the purpose of generating the haptic feedback. Specifically, the haptic feedback is provided to the human operator through interaction with artificial potential field built around the obstacles in the virtual environment which is located at the master site of the teleoperator system. The obstacles in the virtual environment replicate essential features of the actual remote environment where the UAV executes its tasks. The state of the virtual environment is generated and updated in real time using Extended Kalman Filter SLAM algorithms based on measurements performed by the UAV in the actual remote environment. Two methods for building haptic feedback from SLAM algorithms have been developed. The basic SLAM-based haptic feedback algorithm uses fixed size potential field around the obstacles, while the robust SLAM-based haptic feedback algorithm changes the size of potential field around the obstacle depending on the amount of uncertainty in obstacle location, which is represented by the covariance estimate provided by EKF. Simulations and experimental results are presented that evaluate the performance of the proposed teleoperator system.