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BACTAC - Shucker

ECOT 831

Distributed Robotic Macrosensor
Brian D. Shucker
PhD Candidate

We have developed a novel control mechanism that deploys a large number of inexpensive robots as a distributed remote sensing array, called a Distributed Robotic Macrosensor (DRM). This DRM has the capability to track targets of both a discrete (e.g., a vehicle) and diffuse (e.g., a chemical plume) nature. Attack resistance is an inherent property of the DRM as well. A simple virtual spring mesh abstraction is used to provide fully distributed control that is both flexible and fault-tolerant. We describe the algorithms for spring mesh formation and control, discrete target tracking, and diffuse target tracking. We also present simulation results demonstrating the efficacy and robustness of the spring mesh approach.

This is a practice of a talk Brian will be giving at MILCOM.

BACTAC, the Beverage And Chips Tuesday Afternoon Colloquium, is a weekly forum run by graduate students. The goal is provide an informal setting in which anyone can (basically) present anything. In the past, we have had practice talks for conferences and job interviews, research reports, juggle lessons (!), student representative reports, internship discussions, an introduction to ergonomics, and "pay attention to this when you are going to look for job" discussions.

BACTAC is meant to be an informal and social event to promote the interaction among graduate students. BACTAC is typically held every Tuesday, at 3:30pm, in room ECOT 831. Free munchies and drinks are provided.

Please email Caleb Phillips for more information or if you want to be a speaker.

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