AI Techniques for Autonomous Sensor Systems

Dr. Bin Yu

Autonomous sensor systems of the near future are envisioned to consist of hundreds of unmanned vehicles and robots. These networked autonomous sensors play strong roles in military and civilian operations. In this talk I will discuss various distributed coordination algorithms that scale well to large numbers of autonomous mobile sensors. Specifically, I will focus on distributed algorithms for data delivery and fusion, task and resource allocation, and cooperative path planning. Moreover, I will present some advanced techniques that can effectively reason about spatial and temporal sensor data in the presence of noise and uncertainty. I will describe a novel approach for force aggregation and classification using Dempster-Shafer theory that has the potential of improving commanders' decision making.