ICRA 2011 Paper Abstract


Paper WeP210.6

Basilico, Nicola (Politecnico di Milano), Amigoni, Francesco (Politecnico di Milano)

Defining Effective Exploration Strategies for Search and Rescue Applications with Multi-Criteria Decision Making

Scheduled for presentation during the Regular Sessions "Surveillance, Search and Rescue Robotics" (WeP210), Wednesday, May 11, 2011, 16:40−16:55, Room 5E

2011 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, May 9-13, 2011, Shanghai International Conference Center, Shanghai, China

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Keywords Search and Rescue Robots


Autonomous mobile robots are a promising technology for search and rescue scenarios, where an initially unknown environment has to be explored to locate human victims. Robots can exploit exploration strategies to autonomously move around the environment. Most of the strategies proposed in literature are based on the idea of evaluating a number of candidate locations according to ad hoc utility functions that combine different criteria. In this paper, we show some of the advantages of using a more theoretically-grounded approach, based on Multi-Criteria Decision Making (MCDM), to define exploration strategies for robots employed in search and rescue applications. We implemented our MCDM-based exploration strategies within an existing robot controller and we evaluated their performance in a simulated environment.



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