ICRA'09 Paper Abstract


Paper FrB13.3

Deshpande, Ajay (MIT), Poduri, Sameera (USC), Rus, Daniela (MIT), Sukhatme, Gaurav (University of Southern California)

Distributed Coverage Control for Mobile Sensors with Location-Dependent Sensing Models

Scheduled for presentation during the Regular Sessions "Distributed Robot Systems - II" (FrB13), Friday, May 15, 2009, 11:10−11:30, Room: 505

2009 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, May 12 - 17, 2009, Kobe, Japan

This information is tentative and subject to change. Compiled on January 24, 2022

Keywords Distributed Robot Systems, Motion Control, Sensor Networks


This paper addresses the problem of coverage control of a network of mobile sensors. In the current literature, this is commonly formulated as a locational optimization problem under the assumption that sensing performance is independent of the locations of sensors. We extend this work to a more general framework where the sensor model is location-dependent. We propose a distributed control law and coordination algorithm. If the global sensing performance function is known a priori, we prove that the algorithm is guaranteed to converge. To validate this algorithm, we conduct experiments with indoor and outdoor deployments of Cyclops cameras and model its sensing performance. This model is used to simulate deployments on 1D pathways and study the coverage obtained. We also examine the coverage in the case when the global sensing function is not known and is estimated in an online fashion.



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