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24 May 2012 UGV navigation in wireless sensor and actuator network environments
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We consider a navigation problem in a distributed, self-organized and coordinate-free Wireless Sensor and Ac- tuator Network (WSAN). We rst present navigation algorithms that are veried using simulation results. Con- sidering more than one destination and multiple mobile Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs), we introduce a distributed solution to the Multi-UGV, Multi-Destination navigation problem. The objective of the solution to this problem is to eciently allocate UGVs to dierent destinations and carry out navigation in the network en- vironment that minimizes total travel distance. The main contribution of this paper is to develop a solution that does not attempt to localize either the UGVs or the sensor and actuator nodes. Other than some connectivity as- sumptions about the communication graph, we consider that no prior information about the WSAN is available. The solution presented here is distributed, and the UGV navigation is solely based on feedback from neigh- boring sensor and actuator nodes. One special case discussed in the paper, the Single-UGV, Multi-Destination navigation problem, is essentially equivalent to the well-known and dicult Traveling Salesman Problem (TSP). Simulation results are presented that illustrate the navigation distance traveled through the network. We also introduce an experimental testbed for the realization of coordinate-free and localization-free UGV navigation. We use the Cricket platform as the sensor and actuator network and a Pioneer 3-DX robot as the UGV. The experiments illustrate the UGV navigation in a coordinate-free WSAN environment where the UGV successfully arrives at the assigned destinations.
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Guyu Zhang, Jianfeng Li, Christian A. Duncan, Jinko Kanno, and Rastko R. Selmic "UGV navigation in wireless sensor and actuator network environments", Proc. SPIE 8387, Unmanned Systems Technology XIV, 83870G (24 May 2012);

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