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Exploiting bacterial swarms for optimal coverage of dynamic pollutant profiles

Oyekan, J and Hu, H and Gu, D (2010) Exploiting bacterial swarms for optimal coverage of dynamic pollutant profiles. In: UNSPECIFIED, ? - ?.

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Inspired by the simplicity of how nature solves its problems, an approach that would enable robotic agents form a visual representation of an invisible hazardous substance is presented. Such an approach would be very useful if emergency services need to systematically and strategically evacuate an area affected by invisible substance especially in a situation where evacuation resources are limited. The approach presented is computationally cheap and yet highly effective when compared to other methods such as Voronoi partitioning or simulated annealing. In addition, it does not require a polygon derived environment or a prior knowledge of the environment or pollutant and can be used to trace dynamically changing pollutant profiles. The experimental results prove that the algorithm presented in this work always converges to a pollutants distribution even though the pollutants profile is of a complex nature with no clear gradient boundaries. © 2010 IEEE.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Published proceedings: 2010 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics, ROBIO 2010
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, School of
Depositing User: Clare Chatfield
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2013 11:32
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2019 00:16

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