A diffusion-based guidance system for autonomous agents


Conference Paper

© 1998 SPIE. All rights reserved. Search strategy is an important component of any system that uses autonomous agents to detect and neutralize mines. We describe a simple and efficient search strategy derived from research on the adaptive spatial behavior of animals. Electromagnetic sensor data are processed to obtain a discrete spatial target distribution. The target distribution is used as input for a dynamic diffusion process. The diffusion surface is used by the demining agent to optimize its spatial moves through a hill climbing technique. The agent chooses to move to the position with the highest diffusion surface value. If the same diffusion surface is available to all agents, the system can be scaled to guide an indefinite number of independent, non-interfering agents.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Staddon, JER; Chelaru, IM

Published Date

  • March 25, 1998

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 3390 /

Start / End Page

  • 404 - 411

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1996-756X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0277-786X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1117/12.304848

Citation Source

  • Scopus