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Hazardous Spill Perimeter Detection and Monitoring via Multiple Autonomous Mobile Robotic Agents

[+] Author Affiliations
Guoxian Zhang, Devendra P. Garg, Greg Fricke

Duke University, Durham, NC

Paper No. DSCC2010-4160, pp. 639-646; 8 pages
  • ASME 2010 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference
  • ASME 2010 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference, Volume 2
  • Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, September 12–15, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: Dynamic Systems and Control Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4418-2 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3884-6
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME


The problem of perimeter detection and monitoring has a variety of applications. In this paper, a hybrid system with finite states strategy is proposed for multiple autonomous robotic agents with the purpose of hazardous spill perimeter detection and tracking. In the system, each robotic agent is assumed to be in one of the following states: searching, pursuing, and tracking. The agents are prioritized based on their states, and a potential field is constructed for agents in each state. The location and velocity of an agent in the tracking state as well as those of its closest leading and trailing agents are utilized to control its movement. The convergence of the tracking algorithm is analyzed for multiple spills under certain conditions. Simulation results show that with the proposed method, the agents can successfully detect and track the spills of various sizes and movements.

Copyright © 2010 by ASME
Topics: Robotics



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