Actuator networks for navigating an unmonitored mobile robot Conference Paper uri icon


  • Building on recent work in sensor-actuator networks and distributed manipulation, we consider the use of pure actuator networks for localization-free robotic navigation. We show how an actuator network can be used to guide an unobserved robot to a desired location in space and introduce an algorithm to calculate optimal actuation patterns for such a network. Sets of actuators are sequentially activated to induce a series of static potential fields that robustly drive the robot from a start to an end location under movement uncertainty. Our algorithm constructs a roadmap with probability-weighted edges based on motion uncertainty models and identifies an actuation pattern that maximizes the probability of successfully guiding the robot to its goal. Simulations of the algorithm show that an actuator network can robustly guide robots with various uncertainty models through a two-dimensional space. We experiment with additive Gaussian Cartesian motion uncertainty models and additive Gaussian polar models. Motion randomly chosen destinations within the convex hull of a 10-actuator network succeeds with with up to 93.4% probability. For n actuators, and m samples per transition edge in our roadmap, our runtime is O(mn6). ©2008 IEEE.

name of conference

  • 2008 IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (CASE 2008)

published proceedings

  • 2008 IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering

author list (cited authors)

  • Schiff, J., Kulkarni, A., Bazo, D., Duindamx, V., Alterovitz, R., Dezhen Song, .., & Goldberg, K

citation count

  • 5

complete list of authors

  • Schiff, Jeremy||Kulkarni, Anand||Bazo, Danny||Duindamx, Vincent||Alterovitz, Ron||Goldberg, Ken

publication date

  • August 2008