Summary: Robotic Sensor Networks:
An Application to Monitoring
Electro-Magnetic Fields 1
, Giulio FONTANA a
and Stefano MAZZUCA a
Dipartimento di Elettronica e Informazione, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Abstract. Robotic sensor networks are distributed systems in which mobile robots
carry sensors around an environment to detect phenomena and produce detailed en-
vironmental assessments. In this paper we present a specific robotic sensor network
devoted to monitoring electro-magnetic fields.
Keywords. Robotic sensor networks, Multirobot systems, Electro-magnetic fields.
Many applications require to monitor an environment in order to detect phenomena
and produce detailed environmental assessments [14,22]. These applications, including
surveillance, plant and environmental monitoring, and damage assessment, are usually
addressed using sensor networks, in which sensing nodes are set in fixed locations .
The use of multirobot systems for carrying sensors around the environment represents
a solution that has recently received considerable attention [1,21] and that can provide