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Robotic wireless network connection of civilians for emergency response operations

Robotic wireless network connection of civilians for emergency response operations

Loukas, George, Timotheou, Stelios and Gelenbe, Erol (2008) Robotic wireless network connection of civilians for emergency response operations. In: 23rd IEEE International Symposium on Computer and Information Sciences. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc., Piscataway, NJ, USA. ISBN 9781424428809 (doi:https://doi.org/10.1109/ISCIS.2008.4717943)

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Abstract

Mobile robots equipped with wireless devices can prove very useful during emergency response operations. We envision such robots that locate trapped civilians and initiate an ad hoc network connection between them and the rescuers, so that the latter can better assess the situation and plan the rescue operation accordingly. We present a centralised formulation for the novel problem of optimally allocating robots so that they connect as many civilians as possible, while maintaining their multi-hop connection with a static wireless sink. This formulation stems from a combination of characteristics typically found in assignment and network flow optimisation problems. We have also developed a distributed heuristic with which the robots start from the location of the sink and move autonomously trying to connect the civilians while maintaining connectivity. We evaluate our distributed heuristic using a building evacuation simulator and compare it with the centralised approach.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Title of Proceedings: 23rd IEEE International Symposium on Computer and Information Sciences
Additional Information: [1] ISBN: 9781424428809 (Print), 9781424428816 (Electronic). [2] This paper was presented at the 23rd IEEE International Symposium on Computer and Information Sciences, held from 27-29 October 2008 in Istanbul, Turkey. [4] This research was undertaken as part of the ALADDIN (Autonomous Learning Agents for Decentralised Data and Information Networks) project and is jointly funded by a BAE Systems and EPSRC strategic partnership (EP/C548051/1). [5] INSPEC Accession Number: 10424854.
Uncontrolled Keywords: emergency response, robotic wireless connection, ad hoc networks, collaboration, collaborative work, hazardous materials, humans, mobile robots, network topology, robot sensing systems, wireless networks, wireless sensor networks, ad hoc networks, mobile radio, telerobotics, ad hoc network connection, emergency response operations, multi-hop connection, network flow optimisation problems, robotic wireless network connection, static wireless sink
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Computing & Mathematical Sciences
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URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/9246

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