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Z. Zuo, C. J. Liu, Q.-L. Han, and J. Song, “Unmanned aerial vehicles: Control methods and future challenges,” IEEE/CAA J. Autom. Sinica, vol. 9, no. 4, pp. 601–614, Apr. 2022. doi: 10.1109/JAS.2022.105410
Citation: Z. Zuo, C. J. Liu, Q.-L. Han, and J. Song, “Unmanned aerial vehicles: Control methods and future challenges,” IEEE/CAA J. Autom. Sinica, vol. 9, no. 4, pp. 601–614, Apr. 2022. doi: 10.1109/JAS.2022.105410

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Control Methods and Future Challenges

doi: 10.1109/JAS.2022.105410
Funds:  This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (62073019)
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  • With the rapid development of computer technology, automatic control technology and communication technology, research on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) has attracted extensive attention from all over the world during the last decades. Particularly due to the demand of various civil applications, the conceptual design of UAV and autonomous flight control technology have been promoted and developed mutually. This paper is devoted to providing a brief review of the UAV control issues, including motion equations, various classical and advanced control approaches. The basic ideas, applicable conditions, advantages and disadvantages of these control approaches are illustrated and discussed. Some challenging topics and future research directions are raised.


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    • This paper provides a brief review of the research on UAVs in a control-oriented fashion. It may serve as a catalog of control design methods for researchers and practitioners in the community.
    • Some challenging topics and future research directions in the control field of UAVs are raised.
    • This paper focuses on surveying the modeling and control methods for UAVs, which is quite different from some other surveys on special issue like the path-following problem of UAVs or special kinds of aerial vehicle like the quadrotor.


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