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Increasing the Scout's effectiveness through local sensing and ruggedization

By: LaPoint, M.A.; Drenner, A.; Papanikolopoulos, N.; Kottas, A.D.; Hays, C.; Cannon, K.; Burt, I.;

2004 / IEEE / 0-7803-8232-3


This item was taken from the IEEE Conference ' Increasing the Scout's effectiveness through local sensing and ruggedization ' The Scout is a miniature robot capable of performing surveillance and reconnaissance applications. However, the small size of the Scout limits the on-board processing capability and thus requires that the primary sensing modality (vision) be processed remotely. This creates a dependence upon a video channel which can become a severe bottleneck when attempting to use large numbers of robots. This paper discusses the newest generation of the Scout, the COTS 3.0, which attempts to reduce the effect of the communication bottleneck by using more local sensing capabilities to achieve a degree of autonomous functionality. Several experiments showing the durability of the new COTS Scout and the autonomous capability are presented.