Title: A multiple robot solution for urban reconnaissance

Authors: Balazs Janko, Chris P. Turner, Kim S. Cave-Ayland, Martyn K. Pittuck, Sebastian O.H. Madgwick, William S. Harwin

Addresses: The University of Reading, Whiteknights, P.O. Box 217, Reading, Berkshire, RG6 6AH, UK. ' The University of Reading, Whiteknights, P.O. Box 217, Reading, Berkshire, RG6 6AH, UK. ' The University of Reading, Whiteknights, P.O. Box 217, Reading, Berkshire, RG6 6AH, UK. ' The University of Reading, Whiteknights, P.O. Box 217, Reading, Berkshire, RG6 6AH, UK. ' The University of Reading, Whiteknights, P.O. Box 217, Reading, Berkshire, RG6 6AH, UK. ' The University of Reading, Whiteknights, P.O. Box 217, Reading, Berkshire, RG6 6AH, UK

Abstract: Coordinating aerial and ground based robotic platforms together with sensor payloads is described and some results are presented on the deployment of these robots in an urban environment for reconnaissance, in particular to find military threats. This work was done with the aim of competing in the UK MOD Grand Challenge competition in August 2008. This paper reviews the structure, control, coordination and integration of the robotic platforms for this event.

Keywords: urban reconnaissance robots; unmanned aerial vehicles; UAVs; mesh networks; intelligent defence support; autonomous vehicles; multiple robots; multi-robot systems; robot structure; robot control; robot coordination; robot integration; sensor payloads; robot sensors.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIDSS.2011.037808

International Journal of Intelligent Defence Support Systems, 2011 Vol.4 No.1, pp.70 - 86

Published online: 30 Dec 2010 *

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