Increasing the Scout's effectiveness through local sensing and ruggedization

Andrew Drenner, Monica Anderson LaPoint, Ian Burt, Kelly Cannon, Charles Hays, Apostolos D. Kottas, Nikolaos P Papanikolopoulos

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Abstract

The Scout is a miniature robot capable of performing surveillance and reconnaissance applications. However, the small size of the Scout limits the on-board processing capability and thus requires that the primary sensing modality (vision) be processed remotely. This creates a dependence upon a video channel which can become a severe bottleneck when attempting to use large numbers of robots. This paper will discuss the newest generation of the Scout, the COTS 3.0, which attempts to reduce the effect of the communication bottleneck by using more local sensing capabilities to achieve a degree of autonomous functionality. Several experiments showing the durability of the new COTS Scout and the autonomous capability will be presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1406-1411
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings - IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation
Volume2004
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jul 5 2004
EventProceedings- 2004 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation - New Orleans, LA, United States
Duration: Apr 26 2004May 1 2004

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