Artificial Life and Robotics

, Volume 21, Issue 3, pp 308–316 | Cite as

Extension of a ground control interface for swarms of Small Drones

  • Nicolas DousseEmail author
  • Grégoire Heitz
  • Dario Floreano
Special Feature: Original Article


Although the technology for fully autonomous swarms of robots is rapidly progressing, the human operator will continue to play an important role during any swarming mission due to safety, monitoring and control constraints. In this paper, we present the set of features that a Ground Control Interface (GCI) must incorporate to allow monitoring, control and safety of outdoor missions with a swarm of Small Drones (drones of less than 1 kg). We propose a new extension to a widely used GCI by incorporating those features and we demonstrate its usage on a swarm of 10 Small Drones flying outdoor.


Human–Swarm interface Swarm experiments UAV Drones MAV Safety Regulations 



The work in this paper was supported by the myCopter project funded by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Program ( and by ArmaSuisse, competence sector Science + Technology for the Swiss Federal Department of Defense, Civil Protection and Sport. We would also like to acknowledge Meysam Basiri and Julien Lecoeur for their useful help in reviewing the paper.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nicolas Dousse
    • 1
    Email author
  • Grégoire Heitz
    • 1
  • Dario Floreano
    • 1
  1. 1.EPFL STI IMT LISLausanneSwitzerland

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