STARMAC: Capture the Flag
One of my current projects is with the Berkeley EECS Hybrid Systems Lab.
I am working under Prof. Claire Tomlin and Haomiao Huang to develop a version of the game "Capture the Flag" that can
be played with the STARMAC
quad-rotor UAV robots. Human players will use an Android
cellphone app that I am developing to communicate with the quad-rotors
and send them reconnaissance
commands. The phones will also use the embedded GPS to display a map of the playing
field and draw a visual overlay of the game state. Players will
then be given cues on the map that explain which direction
they should be
running in to play optimally.
As this project is unfinished and the research paper
is awaiting publication (My first real contribution to academic
research! It's so exciting!), I
can not disclose much more. Please check back after the paper has been
published for more information.
The phone displays a map of the playing field, active players, and UAVs using GPS.
As the player moves, the server recalculates the reachable set of positions the player can transition into.
The player can see the map and reachable sets directly on their mobile phone.
The STARMAC UAVs will be used for enemy surveillance and reconnaissance.
We said that it was capture the flag, but we never said which flag...