Cooperative Search with Autonomous Vehicles in a 3D Aquatic Testbed

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HMC Undergraduate, CGU Graduate

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Conference Proceeding


Mathematics (HMC)

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We consider the problem of cooperative search using autonomous aquatic vehicles, giving a proof-of-concept demonstration in an aquatic testbed. We implement a point-topoint controller for remote-controlled submarines with severe control and buoyancy limitations, develop software to track their motion and establish reliable communication and control. We then propose multiple randomized algorithms, based on Levy flights, for locating sparse targets in a three-dimensional bounded environment. These algorithms are tested in simulation, showing that they are competitive with nonrandom systematic search, while likely also more robust. The simulations are combined with in-tank tests to display performance under real physical conditions.

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