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Title: Rapid Coverage of Regions of Interest for Environmental Monitoring
Authors: Pinkam, Nantawat
Newaz, Abdullah Al Redwan
Jeong, Sungmoon
Chong, Nak Young
Keywords: regions of interest localization
Voronoi diagram
environmental monitoring
energy-efficient path planning
Issue Date: 2018-05-31
Publisher: Springer
Magazine name: Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
Volume: 751
Start page: 195
End page: 209
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-78452-6_17
Abstract: In this paper, we present a framework to solve the problem of rapidly determining regions of interest (ROIs) from an unknown intensity distribution, especially in radiation fields. The vast majority of existing literature on robotics area coverage does not report the identification of ROIs. In a radiation field, ROIs limit the range of exploration to mitigate the monitoring problem. However, considering the limited resources of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) as a mobile measurement system, it is challenging to determine ROIs in unknown radiation fields. Given the target area, we attempt to plan a path that facilitates the localization of ROIs with a single UAV, while minimizing the exploration cost. To reduce the complexity of exploration of large scale environment, initially whole areas are adaptively decomposed by the hierarchical method based on Voronoi based subdivision. Once an informative decomposed sub area is selected by maximizing a utility function, the robot heuristically reaches to contaminated areas and then a boundary estimation algorithm is adopted to estimate the environmental boundaries. Finally, the detailed boundaries are approximated by ellipses, called the ROIs of the target area and whole procedures are iterated to sequentially cover the all areas. The simulation results demonstrate that our framework allows a single UAV to efficiently and explore a given target area to maximize the localization rate of ROIs.
Rights: This is the author-created version of Springer, Nantawat Pinkam, Abdullah Al Redwan Newaz, Sungmoon Jeong, Nak Young Chong, Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, 751, 2018, 195-209. The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-78452-6_17
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10119/16103
Material Type: author
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