Swarm Robotics

2 Years ago

Engineers program marine robots to take calculated risks: Algorithm could help autonomous underwater vehicles explore risky but scientifically rewarding environments

Engineers have now developed an algorithm that lets AUVs weigh the risks and potential rewards of exploring an unknown region. For instance, if a vehicle tasked with identifying underwater oil seeps approached a steep, rocky trench, the algorithm could assess the reward level (the probability that an oil seep exists near this trench), and the risk level (the probability of colliding with an obstacle), if it were to take a path through the trench.