T.S. Bhatia, G. Solmaz, D. Turgut, and L. Bölöni

Controlling the movement of robotic bodyguards for maximal physical protection


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T.S. Bhatia, G. Solmaz, D. Turgut, and L. Bölöni. Controlling the movement of robotic bodyguards for maximal physical protection. In Proc of the 29th International FLAIRS Conference, pp. 380–385, May 2016.

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Abstract:

In this paper we focus on a scenario where one or several robotic bodyguards protect a VIP moving in a public environment from physical assaults. To provide maximal physical protection, the robotic bodyguards need to consider the movement of the crowd as well as the obstacles in the environment. We propose two algorithms: Threat Vector Resolution (TVR) for a single bodyguard robot and Quadrant Load Balancing (QLB) for multiple bodyguards acting as a team. We evaluate the proposed approaches using metrics of the threat level and movement dynamics. The simulation study compares the results of the proposed approaches against rigid bodyguard team formations for various crowd configurations and team sizes.

BibTeX:

@inproceedings{TSBhatia-2016-FLAIRS,
title = "Controlling the movement of robotic bodyguards for maximal physical protection",
author = "T.S. Bhatia and G. Solmaz and D. Turgut and L. B{\"o}l{\"o}ni",
booktitle = "Proc of the 29th International FLAIRS Conference",
month = "May",
year = "2016",
pages = "380-385",
abstract = {
  In this paper we focus on a scenario where one or several robotic
  bodyguards protect a VIP moving in a public environment from physical
  assaults. To provide maximal physical protection, the robotic
  bodyguards need to consider the movement of the crowd as well as the
  obstacles in the environment. We propose two algorithms: Threat
  Vector Resolution (TVR) for a single bodyguard robot and
  Quadrant Load Balancing (QLB) for multiple bodyguards acting as a
  team. We evaluate the proposed approaches using metrics of the threat
  level and movement dynamics. The simulation study compares the
  results of the proposed approaches against rigid bodyguard team
  formations for various crowd configurations and team sizes.
 },
}

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