Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Electrical Engineering

First Advisor

Dr. Wenjie Dong

Second Advisor

Dr. Weidong Kuang

Third Advisor

Dr. Jun Peng


In this thesis, the tracking control problem of a 6 DOF quadrotor is considered, and different control method is proposed considering optimal control, parametric and nonparametric uncertainty, input saturation, and distributed formation control. An optimal control approach is developed for single quadrotor tracking by minimizing the cost function. For uncertainties of the dynamic system, a robust adaptive tracking controller is proposed with the special structure of the dynamics of the system. Considering the uncertainty and input constraints, a robust adaptive saturation controller is proposed with the aid of an auxiliary compensated system. Decentralized formation control method for quadrotors is presented using a leader-follower scheme using proposed optimal control method. Virtual leader is employed to drive the quadrotors to their desired formation and ultimately track the trajectory defined by the virtual leader. Sliding mode estimators have been implemented to estimate the states of the virtual leader. The control method is designed considering switching communication topologies among the quadrotors. Simulation results are provided to show the effectiveness of the proposed approaches.


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