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The BBN team is creating a collection of tools and technologies for developing, simulating, and executing tasks with swarms of unmanned systems to enable researchers to create and test their own swarm tactics and supporting technologies.

This website is part of a Swarm Tactics Exchange portal, designed as an online community for swarm tactics developers to share ideas, algorithms, tactics, output, questions, and success stories.

We are conducting regular swarm challenges where we are selecting, integrating, deploying, and evaluating swarm tactics developed from the swarm community.

Interested in participating in the development of swarm tactics and potentially evaluating your work with a live swarm?  Contact us here.  Also, consider submitting a Sprinter proposal.

About

Developed as part of DARPA’s OFFensive Swarm-Enabled Tactics (OFFSET) Program, this project is building a collection of swarm tactics-enabling technologies, including:

  • A game-based simulation environment for assessing swarm tactics without the need for physical swarm platforms.
  • A swarm system architecture that facilitates specification and reasoning about swarm behaviors and coordination at the level of team or groups rather than individual platforms.
  • Tools for swarm tactics development, such as a visual interface for “drag and drop” creation and manipulation of swarm tactics.
  • Support for cross-language tactics development and other control frameworks (e.g., ROS).
  • A Swarm Tactician’s Immersive Interaction Interface, enabling a multi-modal (speech and gesture), virtual reality based mechanism for swarm command and control.
  • A physical swarm testbed consisting of both ground and air platforms for conducting live tactics evaluations.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Tactical Technology Office (TTO) is soliciting proposals for OFFSET Swarm Sprinters in order to design swarm tactics and/or other supporting elements.  DARPA anticipates multiple calls for proposals over the next several years.

News

2020


ACM GetMobile, December 2020
The BBN CCAST Team has published a short overview article describing CCAST capabilities and field testing results in the December 2020 issue of ACM GetMobile. Pre-print available here.

DARPA OFFSET CCAST FX3 Summary, March 25, 2020
The Unmanned Innovations Lab and our SIFT and OSU teammates competed in the third DARPA OFFSET field experiment with our Command and Control of Aggregate Swarm Tactics (CCAST) unmanned system swarm framework.

2019


DARPA OFFSET Program Calls for Fifth Swarm Sprints, Sep 27, 2019

Drone Swarm Simulation to Realization, Aug 21, 2019

50-Platform drone swarm simulation of building surveillance, Aug 21, 2019

27-Agent Safe Return To Launch, Aug 21, 2019

Teams Test Swarm Autonomy in Second Major OFFSET Field Experiment,
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, August 7, 2019

Teams Test Swarm Autonomy in Second Major OFFSET Field Experiment, Aug 7, 2019

200-Platform Drone Swarm Simulation, Aug 7, 2019

Distributed Drone Swarm Area Survey, Aug 7, 2019

2018


Raytheon, DARPA developing technology to control drone swarms,
DefenseNews, March 26, 2018

Raytheon developing UV swarm control tech,
Shephard Media, March 29, 2018

Raytheon and others developing networked drone swarms for combat,
ZDNet, March 29, 2018

Raytheon details plans for drone swarm technology,
UAS Magazine, March 27, 2018

Raytheon wins deal to develop software controls for UAV swarms,
Flight Global, March 26, 2018

Darpa Enabling Drone Swarms For Urban Operations,
(subscription required) Aviation Week Network

Controlling drone swarms with VR,
GCN, March 26, 2018

DARPA awards first contracts in drone swarms project,
C4ISRNET, February 21, 2018

2017


OSU researcher part of DARPA grant for autonomous drone swarms
Robotics Tomorrow, November 28, 2017

OSU researcher part of DARPA grant for autonomous drone swarms
Oregon State University, November 14, 2017

Oregon State University researchers working on ‘drone swarms’ project
KPTV Fox Portland News, November 9, 2017

Power in numbers: OSU researcher works on robot swarms
Corvallis Gazette-Times, November 22, 2017

The Jefferson Exchange
Jefferson Public Radio, 2017

2016


OFFFSET Envisions Swarm Capabilities for Small Urban Ground Units
Darpa.mil, December 7, 2016

Teaming with robots, S5E1
OSU Engineering Outload Podcast and NSF Science360

Team

The BBN team consists of researchers from Raytheon BBN Technologies, Smart Information Flow Technologies and Oregon State University.

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