Swarm Robotic Sensing Platform for Search and Rescue
Teleoperation is the most commonly used method for controlling Small Unmanned Ground Vehicles (SUGV) into areas that are too dangerous or
constrained for humans or canines to explore. These SUGVs provide cameras and sensors that provide situational awareness to the operators.
However, as the number of SUGVs increases, so do the constraints and operational requirements that they impose on the mission. In particular, as the
number of tele-operated SUGVs increases, the communication constraints, weight burden, platform costs, availability of trained operators and
coordination issues increase accordingly. Moreover, fusing the information collected by these assets becomes a daunting task where few tools are
The purpose of our proposed research is to develop and demonstrate autonomous mobility, multi-robot coordination, fused situational awareness, and
reduced operator workload on low-cost platforms. To achieve this goal, we will leverage the autonomous capabilities that we have already developed
and demonstrated under previous programs. To reduce costs, sensors will have to be changed as the cost of the autonomous and mobility kit is largely
driven by sensor costs. The algorithms for sensing and navigation will be improved to compensate for the proposed sensors that are less costly, but
have lower performance. In other words, the software will have to be smarter to overcome a less expensive hardware. If awarded a Phase II SBIR,
Robotic Research proposes a Single robot demonstration with low-cost sensor suite at the DHS sponsored NIST Nike site.
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