Formations of flying cameras to film a moving target

Quadcopters are highly manoeuvrable and can provide an effective means for an agile positioning of sensors such as cameras (flying cameras). In this talk I will present how visual sensing can allow flying cameras to fly in formations without the need of external positioning systems such as GPS. I will address the problem of formations following a moving (ground) target, and explain a distributed decision-making process performed via sensing and sharing of information among neighbouring flying cameras. Given formations of up to 12 flying cameras, I will show how the target-following performance varies when the visual sensing is used as opposed to a GPS-only-based positioning.