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

Two algorithms for the movements of robotic bodyguard teams


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T.S. Bhatia, G. Solmaz, D. Turgut, and L. Bölöni. Two algorithms for the movements of robotic bodyguard teams. In Proc. of Workshop on Knowledge, Skill, and Behavior Transfer in Autonomous Robots, pp. 2–8, January 2015.

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Abstract:

In this paper we consider a scenario where one or more robotic bodyguards are protecting a VIP moving in a public space against harassment or harm from unarmed civilians. In this scenario, the main objective of the robots is to position themselves such that at any given moment they provide maximum physical cover for the VIP. The robots need to follow the VIP in its movement and take into account the movements of the civilians as well. The environment can also contain obstacles which present challenges to movement but also provide natural cover. We designed two algorithms for the movement of the bodyguard robots: Threat Vector Resolution (TVR) for a single robot and Quadrant Load Balancing (QLB) for teams of bodyguard robots. We evaluated the proposed approaches against rigid formations in a simulation study.

BibTeX:

@inproceedings{TSBhatia-2015-KSBT,
   title = "Two algorithms for the movements of robotic bodyguard teams",
   author = "T.S. Bhatia and G. Solmaz and D. Turgut and L. B{\"o}l{\"o}ni", 
   booktitle = "Proc. of Workshop on Knowledge, Skill, and Behavior Transfer in Autonomous Robots",
   year = "2015", 
   month = "January",
   pages = "2--8",
   abstract = {
   In this paper we consider a scenario where one or more robotic
   bodyguards are protecting a VIP moving in a public space against
   harassment or harm from unarmed civilians. In this scenario, the main
   objective of the robots is to position themselves such that at any
   given moment they provide maximum physical cover for the VIP. The
   robots need to follow the VIP in its movement and take into account
   the movements of the civilians as well. The environment can also
   contain obstacles which present challenges to movement but also
   provide natural cover. We designed two algorithms for the movement of
   the bodyguard robots: Threat Vector Resolution (TVR) for a single
   robot and Quadrant Load Balancing (QLB) for teams of bodyguard
   robots. We evaluated the proposed approaches against rigid formations
   in a simulation study.
   },
}

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