Potential Field Implementation for Move-to-Victim Behavior for a Lifeguard Assistant Unmanned Surface Vehicle Conference Paper uri icon


  • © 2018 IEEE. This paper presents a GPS potential field implementation for autonomous traversal of an Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) to a drowning victim in open water. The approach taken in this paper utilizes an attractive, GPS potential field with constant, linear, and exponential magnitude profiles used to decelerate the USV as the USV approaches the location of the victim. The autonomous traversal and gradual deceleration of the USV will benefit lifeguards and other first responders who utilize the use of USVs in lifesaving situations, allowing for successful rescues involving mass drowning victims.

author list (cited authors)

  • Schofield, R. T., Wilde, G. A., & Murphy, R. R.

citation count

  • 1

publication date

  • August 2018