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2017 14th Conference on Computer and Robot Vision (CRV) (2017)
Edmonton, AB, Canada
May 16, 2017 to May 19, 2017
ISBN: 978-1-5386-2818-8
pp: 87-94
This paper addresses distributed data sampling in marine environments using robotic devices. We present a method to strategically sample locally observable features using two classes of sensor platforms. Our system consists of a sophisticated autonomous surface vehicle (ASV) which strategically samples based on information provided by a team of inexpensive sensor nodes. The sensor nodes effectively extend the observational capabilities of the vehicle by capturing georeferenced samples from disparate and moving points across the region. The ASV uses this information, along with its own observations, to plan a path so as to sample points which it expects to be particularly informative. We compare our approach to a traditional exhaustive survey approach and show that we are able to effectively represent a region with less energy expenditure. We validate our approach through simulations and test the system on real robots in field.
mobile robots, remotely operated vehicles, wireless sensor networks

S. Manjanna, J. Hansen, A. Q. Li, I. Rekleitis and G. Dudek, "Collaborative Sampling Using Heterogeneous Marine Robots Driven by Visual Cues," 2017 14th Conference on Computer and Robot Vision (CRV), Edmonton, AB, Canada, 2018, pp. 87-94.
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