Unmanned vehicles are used to explore physical areas where humans are unable to go due to different constraints. There have been various algorithms that have been used to perform this task. This paper explores swarm intelligence for searching a given problem space for a particular target(s). The work in this paper has two parts. In the first part, a set of randomized unmanned vehicles are deployed to locate a single target. In the second part, the randomized unmanned vehicles are deployed to locate various targets and are then converged at one of targets of a particular interest. Each of the targets carries transmits some information which draws the attention of the randomized unmanned vehicles to the target of interest. The Particle Swarm Optimization (PSO) has been applied for solving this problem. Results have shown that the PSO algorithm converges the unmanned vehicles to the target of particular interest successfully and quickly.

Meeting Name

International Conference on Intelligent Sensing and Information Processing, 2004


Electrical and Computer Engineering

Keywords and Phrases

Mobile Robots; Multi-Robot Systems; Navigation; Optimisation; Particle Swarm Optimization; Path Planning; Randomized Unmanned Vehicle Navigation; Remotely Operated Vehicles; Search Problems; Swarm Intelligence

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

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Final Version

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Publication Date

01 Jan 2004