N. Gageik, S. Montenegro

University of Wuerzburg (GERMANY)
The following paper presents a quadrotor control system for education and research. It is named quadrotor control system, because it is a test case control system, which consists of a quadrotor and a configurable mechanical design with 5 different control modes. The quadrotor control system is a total innovative solution with ready to go hardware, software, guides and didactic content. It is meant to teach and develop in a lab with students in a class and addresses lecturers and universities to improve their education in the fields of computer science, control and robotics.

In the last couple of years quadrotors became more and more popular. They are used by hobbyists as toys, by researchers to investigate new methods and technologies and in everyday life for tasks such as aerial photography and inspections. Nowadays there are couples of available systems on the market. However, most system cannot be used in a classroom, because this would be too dangerous. Furthermore, because of missing software, documentation and didactic content, they are not easily used in a lecture or classroom. The quadrotor control system overcomes these drawbacks and enables to use quadrotor as a test case teaching platform.

Today, control theory is often taught very theoretically. The quadrotor control system empowers students to understand the connections of filtering and signal processing, timing, embedded programming and control. These are fundamentals for many technical fields and the quadrotor control system provides very motivating topics, tasks and scenarios for students.

The 5 different control modes of the quadrotor control system enable to investigate different control situations with different degree of freedoms (DOF) reaching from 1 DOF (2x), over 2DOF and 3 DOF to 6 DOF. Thus, the quadrotor control system is a further development of the 2012 on INTED presented avionic control system.