Optimal Perimeter Patrol Alert Servicing with Poisson Arrival Rate Conference Paper uri icon


  • This paper addresses a base perimeter patrol scenario where alerts are generated from a set of stations at random intervals. A Unmanned Aerial Vehicle patrols the perimeter and responds to alerts. After arriving at an alert site, the vehicle loiters for a time to enable the operator to determine if the alert is a nuisance trip or an actual threat. The false alarms are modeled as a Poisson process. A stochastic control optimization problem is developed to determine the optimal loiter time. The optimal length of time that a vehicle can dwell at an alert site while minimizing the expected service time is a function of the size of the alert queue and the alert rate. Results from where the algorithm was flight tested as part of a base defense scenario is presented.

name of conference

  • AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference

published proceedings

  • AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference

author list (cited authors)

  • Chandler, P., Hansen, J., Holsapple, R., Darbha, S., & Pachter, M.

citation count

  • 6

complete list of authors

  • Chandler, Phillip||Hansen, John||Holsapple, Raymond||Darbha, Swaroop||Pachter, Meir

publication date

  • August 2009