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Thesis Defense

In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Science

Luben Popov

will defend his thesis

Simulation and Analysis of Drone Swarm Naval Assault


Automated drones have recently found themselves at the forefront of warfare. Because of increasingly affordable drone manufacturing, it has become practical to deploy entire swarms of drones at once that can act as a unit, using flock behavior. These swarms are beginning to be used in naval warfare as an unconventional means of disrupting conventional naval weaponry designed to shoot down small numbers of long-range missiles. This project introduces a real-time simulation of one or more drone swarms comprised of independently behaving drones attacking a group of naval turrets. This simulation is then used to gather and analyze mission outcome data for different drone and swarm configurations. The data collected from the simulation is analyzed using a variety of data analysis techniques in order to discover the optimal configuration for an attacking drone swarm in this scenario. By analyzing the data produced by the drone swarm assault simulation, valuable information can be discovered for both using and defending against drone swarms in naval warfare.

Date: Thursday, April 16, 2020
Time: 3:00 PM
Place: Online Presentation - Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 147 714 781, Password: 086468
Advisor: Dr. Jaspal Subhlok

Faculty, students, and the general public are invited.