Cooperative autonomy for contact investigation
Author(s)Schmidt, Henrik; Pastore, Thomas; Benjamin, Michael; Schneider, Toby Edwin
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Autonomous surface and underwater vehicles present a safe and low-cost solution for various contact investigation tasks, such as harbor surveillance for potentially threatening small craft or submarines. Since such a task may involve many contacts of interest, such as all the normal boat traffic in a busy harbor, a single unmanned surface vehicle (USV) is unlikely to be able to reasonably investigate all the contacts. Instead, multiple USVs can be deployed to investigate contacts simultaneously. In this paper we present a system that performs this task using the MOOS-IvP autonomy infrastructure. The approach is analogous to “zone defense” in basketball, and only requires that each vehicle have knowledge of its collaborators' positions. The resulting network requires only requires a small amount of communication data to be transmitted, making it applicable in the often low-throughput ocean environment.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Center for Ocean Engineering; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Mechanical Engineering
Proceedings of the OCEANS 2010 IEEE SYDNEY
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Schneider, Toby, Henrik Schmidt, Thomas Pastore, and Michael Benjamin. Cooperative Autonomy for Contact Investigation. In OCEANS 10 IEEE SYDNEY, 1-7. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2010.
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