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—A novel technique is presented for organizing swarms of robots into formation utilizing artificial potential fields generated from normal and sigmoid functions. These functions construct the surface swarm members travel on, controlling the overall swarm geometry and the individual member spacing. Limiting functions are defined to provide tighter swarm(More)
In this paper, we present a strategy for organizing swarms of unmanned vehicles into a formation by utilizing artificial potential fields that were generated from normal and sigmoid functions. These functions construct the surface on which swarm members travel, controlling the overall swarm geometry and the individual member spacing. Nonlinear limiting(More)
In this paper, we present algorithms and display concepts that allow Soldiers to efficiently interact with a robotic swarm that is participating in a representative convoy mission. A critical aspect of swarm control, especially in disrupted or degraded conditions, is Soldier-swarm interaction-the Soldier must be kept cognizant of swarm operations through an(More)
— This study investigates data collected from operating an Inuktun robot in an Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) confined space training exercise task at Virginia Beach Training Center. Data was collected from coding approximately one hour of video. The video had no sound so all analysis is based on the video feed. Indicators of communication, gestures,(More)
A novel method is presented for dynamic heterogeneous swarm formation control with potential fields generated from bivariate normal probability density functions (pdfs) used to construct the surface which swarm members move on, controlling swarm geometry, individual member spacing, and managing obstacle avoidance. Limiting functions are defined to provide(More)
This paper describes the development of a simulator for multiple Un-manned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) utilizing the commercially available simulator X-Plane and Matlab. Coordinated control of unmanned systems is currently being researched for a wide range of applications, including search and rescue, convoy protection, and building clearing to name a few.(More)
— A novel method is presented for swarm formation control with potential fields generated from bivariate normal probability density functions (pdfs) that construct the surface the swarm members move upon controlling the swarm geometry and member spacing as well as manage obstacle avoidance. Limiting functions provide tighter swarm control by modifying and(More)
BACKGROUND Despite the well documented advantages of hospice care, most terminally ill patients do not reap the maximum benefit from hospice services, with the majority of them receiving hospice care either prematurely or delayed. Decision systems to improve the hospice referral process are sorely needed. METHODS We present a novel theoretical framework(More)
— This paper describes an extension of scripts, which have been used to control sequences of robot behavior, to facilitate human-robot coordination. The script mechanism permits the human to both conduct expected, complementary activities with the robot and to intervene opportunistically taking direct control. Scripts address the six major issues associated(More)