Processing unit for swarm intelligence systems introduced in China

Source: Xinhua| 2019-10-22 17:02:46|Editor: Li Xia
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BEIJING, Oct. 22 (Xinhua) -- China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC) introduced a multifunction processing unit for swarm intelligence systems on Tuesday.

The processing unit, which can act like a brain for unmanned systems with artificial intelligence technologies, was unveiled at the 6th World Internet Conference held in the river town of Wuzhen in east China's Zhejiang Province.

According to the CETC, based on swarm intelligence algorithms and dynamic networking protocols, the processing unit features flight control, mission planning, intelligence decision-making and dynamic networking, integrating the flight control system and the measurement and control system of traditional drones.

The processing unit has been installed on some drone swarms and is expected to be applied in unmanned cars, boats and robots with swarm intelligence.

Zhao Yanjie, an unmanned system expert at the CETC, said the modern unmanned systems cluster works as a "network plus node."

With electromagnetic, optical, acoustic and other sensors installed, the drones can monitor, search and track, holding wide application prospects in fields like natural disaster management, environmental protection and emergency response, he said.

The CETC launched a swarm of 200 fixed-wing unmanned aerial vehicles in November 2017.

A swarm is a group of unmanned vehicles driven by artificial intelligence. Swarming drones, for instance, communicate with each other while in flight, and can respond to changing conditions autonomously.