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Volume 26 Issue 9 - Publication Date: 1 September 2007
 
Cooperative Observation of Multiple Moving Targets: an algorithm and its formalization
 
A. Kolling and S. Carpin School of Engineering University of California 5200 North Lake Rd Merced,CA, 95344 USA
 
This paper presents a distributed control algorithm for multi-target surveillance by multiple robots. Robots equipped with sensors and communication devices discover and track as many evasive targets as possible in an open region. The algorithm utilizes information from sensors, communication, and a mechanism to predict the minimum time before a robot loses a target. Workload is shared locally between robots using a greedy assignment of targets. Across long distances robots cooperate through explicit communication. The approach is coined Behavioral Cooperative Multi-robot Observation of Multiple Moving Targets. A formal representation of the proposed algorithm as well as proofs of performance guarantee are provided. Extensive simulations confirm the theoretical results in practice.
 
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