Dispatching of coordinated proximity sensors for object surveillance

Michael D. Naish, Elizabeth A. Croft, Beno Benhabib

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This paper presents a method of selecting and positioning groups of sensors in a coordinated manner for the surveillance of a maneuvering object. The object trajectory is discretized into a number of demand instants (data acquisition times) to which groups of sensors are assigned, respectively. Heuristic rules are used to evaluate the suitability of each sensor for servicing (observing) a demand instant, determine the composition of the sensor group, and, in the case of dynamic sensors, specify the position of each sensor with respect to the object. This approach aims to improve the quality of the surveillance data in three ways: (1) the assigned sensors are maneuvered into "optimal" sensing positions, (2) the uncertainty of the measured data is mitigated through sensor fusion, and (3) the poses of the unassigned sensors are adjusted to ensure that sensing-system can react to object maneuvers. Simulations with proximity sensors demonstrate the advantages of dispatching dynamic sensors over similar static-sensor systems.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition 2001
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2002
Externally publishedYes
EventASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition 2001 - New York, United States of America
Duration: 11 Nov 200116 Nov 2001


ConferenceASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition 2001
Country/TerritoryUnited States of America
CityNew York

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