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Using Virtual Pheromones and Cameras for Dispersing a Team of Multiple Miniature Robots

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Using Virtual Pheromones and Cameras for Dispersing a Team of Multiple Miniature Robots
To safely and efficiently guide personnel of search and rescue operations in disaster areas, swift gathering of relevant information such as the locations of victims, must occur. Using the concept of `repellent virtual pheromones' inspired by insect colony coordination behaviors, miniature robots can be quickly dispersed to survey a disaster site. Assisted by visual servoing, dispersion of the miniature robots can quickly cover an area. An external observer such as another robot or an overhead camera is brought into the control loop to provide each miniature robot estimations of the positions of all of the other near-by robots in the robotic team. These miniature robots can then move away from the other near-by robots on the team, resulting in the robot collective becoming swiftly distributed through the local area. The technique has been simulated with differing pheromone persistence levels and implemented using the miniature Scout robots, developed by the Center for Distributed ...
Janice L. Pearce, Bob Powers, Chistopher Hess, Pau
Added 13 Dec 2010
Updated 13 Dec 2010
Type Journal
Year 2006
Where JIRS
Authors Janice L. Pearce, Bob Powers, Chistopher Hess, Paul E. Rybski, Sascha Stoeter, Nikolaos Papanikolopoulos
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