Title

Adaptive Task Allocation for Search Area Coverage

Abstract

Many operations require an area search area function, including search-and-rescue, surveillance, hazard detection, structures or sites inspection and agricultural spraying. Furthermore, these area search applications often involve varying vehicle and environmental conditions. This paper explores the problem of optimizing the behavior of a swarm of heterogeneous robotic vehicles executing a search area coverage task. Each vehicle is equipped with a sensing apparatus and the swarm must collectively explore an occluded environment to achieve a required probability of detection for each location in the search area. The problem is further complicated with the introduction of dynamic vehicle and environmental properties making adaptability a necessary requirement in order to achieve a high level of mission assurance using unmanned vehicles. Novel methods for search space decomposition and task allocation are presented, with simulated and real-world results utilizing the Boeing Vehicle Swarm Technology Laboratory.

Meeting Name

IEEE International Conference on Technologies for Practical Robot Applications, TePRA 2009 (2009: Nov. 9-10, Woburn, MA)

Department(s)

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Center/Lab(s)

Missouri University of Science and Technology. Applied Computational Intelligence Laboratory

International Standard Book Number (ISBN)

9781424449927

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

Document Version

Citation

File Type

text

Language(s)

English

Rights

© 2009 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), All rights reserved.


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