WISeNet Seminar - Achim Lilienthal, PhD
Friday, September 12, 2014
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Hudson Hall 208
Gas-sensitive Mobile Robots - A New Generation of Gasbots takes Sniffing to the Next Level. Abstract: In the near future a multitude of real-world applications will become possible through the combination of olfaction and mobile robots (in so called gasbots). The sum here is more than the whole of its parts. First, integration on a mobile robot does not only give a certain degree of mobility to the gas sensors but typically also adds computational resources, precise localisation even in GPS-denied environments and eventually the ability to manipulate the environment. A unique feature, which stationary sensor networks cannot provide, is that a robot can adapt its behavior on the fly depending on recent measurements of ambient conditions. This and a simplified deployment opens up a range of practical applications. Operating as an autonomous "mobile nose" gas-sensitive robots will carry out routine monitoring and surveillance tasks and they will be used to explore the environment after a disaster scenario, for example. Monitoring will often be carried out in addition to other tasks of the robot (such as street cleaning, delivery, etc.).