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Decentralized Architecture for Searching for Targets Lost in a Bayesian World


Frederic Bourgault < f.bourgault@acfr.usyd.edu.au >
Australian Centre for Field Robotics The University of Sydney
Australia

May 4, 2005 at  11:00 AM
Zames Seminar Room - MC437

This seminar addresses the problem of decentralized estimation and control in networks of sensors and autonomous agents involved in information gathering tasks. The science behind networked robots is in its infancy. Networked robots pose a number of research challenges related to reliability, variable communication time delays, deployment, coverage, localization, sensor fusion, coordination and control, as well as user interface design. However integrating multiple autonomous agents into a network, to share information and collaborate, has the potential to increase efficiency, robustness, and responsiveness in time critical missions where human life is at stake. The grand challenge is to develop a science base that couples communication and control to enable such capabilities.