Adaptive Multiple Task Assignments for UAVs Using Discrete Particle Swarm Optimization

  • Kun ChenEmail author
  • Qibo Sun
  • Ao Zhou
  • Shangguang Wang
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11253)


The forest fire is an extremely dangerous natural disaster. The traditional fire-fighting equipment have great difficulty in performing firefighting in mountain terrain. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are coming into a popular form in forest firefighting. In view of the suddenness of forest fires, the adaptive and dynamic firefighting task assignment for UAV is of great significance, and the current firefighting task assignment cannot address this issue. This paper proposed an adaptive and dynamic multiple task assignment method for UAVs. Firstly, the adaptive and dynamic firefighting task assignment is formulated as an optimization problem. Secondly, an assignment algorithm is proposed to solve the problem by extending the particle swarm optimization (PSO) algorithm. Finally, the experiment results verify the effectiveness of the proposed algorithm.


UAV Forest firefighting Task assignment Particle swarm optimization 



This research is supported in part by NSFC (61571066, 61602054), and Beijing Natural Science Foundation under Grant No. 4174100 (BNSF, 4174100).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The State Key Laboratory of Networking and Switching TechnologyBeijing University of Posts and TelecommunicationsBeijingChina

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