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— We consider coverage problems in robot sensor networks with minimal sensing capabilities. In particular, we demonstrate that a " blind " swarm of robots with no localization and only a weak form of distance estimation can rigorously determine coverage in a bounded planar domain of unknown size and shape. The methods we introduce come from algebraic(More)
— In this paper, we present an approach towards the computation of certain topological invariants in real sensor networks. As shown by many researchers, these invariants are relevant for modeling certain properties of the network such as coverage and routing. What has been lacking so far is a concrete decentralized method to compute these invariants for(More)
In this paper, we study graphs that arise from certain sensory and communication limitations on the local interactions in multi-agent systems. In particular, we show that the set of graphs that can represent formations corresponds to a proper subset of all graphs and we denote such graphs as connectivity graphs. These graphs have a special structure that(More)
— In this paper, we consider the situation where a collection of leaders dictate the motion of the followers in het-erogenous multi-agent applications. In particular, the followers move according to a decentralized averaging rule, while the leaders' motion is unconstrained. Thus, the trajectories of the leaders can be viewed as exogenous control inputs,(More)
— We present a complexity measure for studying the structural complexity of multi-agent robot formations. We base this measure on the total information flow in the system, which is due to sensory perception and communication among agents. We show that from an information theoretic point of view, perception and communication are fundamentally the same. We(More)
— In this paper, we study the problem of verifying dynamic coverage in mobile sensor networks using certain switched linear systems. These switched systems describe the flow of discrete differential forms on time-evolving simplicial complexes. The simplicial complexes model the connectivity of agents in the network, and the homology groups of the simplicial(More)
Irrigation networks play a fundamental part in the agriculture system of various countries. In the wake of global environmental challenges and economic competition, efficient use of water resources has become extremely important. This can only be achieved by developing smarter control infrastructures for irrigation networks, via the incorporation of(More)
Mechanically efficient and innovatively designed robots equipped with reliable detection techniques can not only help in greatly reducing the time needed to clear an area inflicted with land-mines but also reduce the life threats to individual deminers. However, prohibitive costs and reliability issues have thus far been hindering the wide scale deployment(More)
The introduction of Kinect-style RGB-D cameras has dramatically revolutionized robotics research in a very short span. However, despite their low cost and excellent indoor performance in comparison with other competing technologies, they face some basic limitations which prevent their use in outdoor environments. Perhaps for the first time, we report an(More)