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I. INTRODUCTION Robotic platforms are becoming more widely used for inspection and
 

Summary: I. INTRODUCTION
Robotic platforms are becoming more widely used for inspection and
surveillance in various kinds of emergency scenarios. For different
scenarios, we need robotics with different capabilities and
functionalities. Currently, the approach is to develop robotic
systems for a mission-specific design where the needs of the
mission drive the functionality and capability of the robotic
platform [1-7]. This one-of-a-kind design philosophy leads to
high cost and limits the range of use for the robot. An
alternative solution is a modular robotics system [8-10]. The
design philosophy of modular robotics systems incorporates
the principles of modular design so that each system or sub-
system operates as independently and interchangeably as
possible [11]. This kind of modular robotics system should
have multiple sensors that make it suitable for various known
and unknown tasks [12]. In this paper, we propose SafeBot as
a modular robotics system. SafeBot currently includes four
sensors in a modular configuration: laser range sensor brick,
thermal sensor brick, visual sensor brick and gamma and
neutron sensor brick. The term "sensor brick" denotes a self-

  

Source: Abidi, Mongi A. - Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Tennessee

 

Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences