Imperial College London

Professor Emil Lupu

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Computing

Professor of Computer Systems



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564Huxley BuildingSouth Kensington Campus






BibTex format

author = {Cullen, A and Karafili, E and Pilgrim, A and Williams, C and Lupu, E},
doi = {10.1007/978-3-030-04372-8_6},
pages = {56--70},
publisher = {Springer Verlag},
title = {Policy support for autonomous swarms of drones},
url = {},
year = {2018}

RIS format (EndNote, RefMan)

AB - In recent years drones have become more widely used in military and non-military applications. Automation of these drones will become more important as their use increases. Individual drones acting autonomously will be able to achieve some tasks, but swarms of autonomous drones working together will be able to achieve much more complex tasks and be able to better adapt to changing environments. In this paper we describe an example scenario involving a swarm of drones from a military coalition and civil/humanitarian organisations that are working collaboratively to monitor areas at risk of flooding. We provide a definition of a swarm and how they can operate by exchanging messages. We define a flexible set of policies that are applicable to our scenario that can be easily extended to other scenarios or policy paradigms. These policies ensure that the swarms of drones behave as expected (e.g., for safety and security). Finally we discuss the challenges and limitations around policies for autonomous swarms and how new research, such as generative policies, can aid in solving these limitations.
AU - Cullen,A
AU - Karafili,E
AU - Pilgrim,A
AU - Williams,C
AU - Lupu,E
DO - 10.1007/978-3-030-04372-8_6
EP - 70
PB - Springer Verlag
PY - 2018///
SN - 0302-9743
SP - 56
TI - Policy support for autonomous swarms of drones
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