Communication-Restricted exploration for robot teams

Elizabeth A. Jensen, Ernesto Nunes, Maria L Gini

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In the event of an earthquake or fire, search and rescue efforts may be delayed until it is safe for the human rescue team to enter the area. A team of robots could enter in advance to provide maps, images and locations of interest to the human team, allowing them to prepare their approach when they can enter. In a disaster area, communication may be limited, either due to infrastructure being down, or because of environmental interference. We propose an algorithm that makes use of a small number of robots, which spread as far as their communication allows, but which otherwise stay together while they explore the unknown environment. We show that the algorithm will allow the team of robots to fully explore the environment and maintain communication in order to return the information to the waiting search and rescue team. We also show that this can be achieved with multiple methods of communication.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMultiagent Interaction Without Prior Coordination - Papers Presented at the 28th AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Technical Report
PublisherAI Access Foundation
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781577356707
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
Event28th AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence, AAAI 2014 - Quebec City, Canada
Duration: Jul 28 2014 → …


Other28th AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence, AAAI 2014
CityQuebec City
Period7/28/14 → …


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