Spatio-temporal map maintenance for extending autonomy in long-term mobile robotic tasks. Pitsch, M. L. Ph.D. Thesis, January, 2019. Accepted: 2019-02-01T20:40:23Z
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Working in hazardous environments requires routine inspections in order to meet safety standards. Dangerous quantities of nuclear contamination can exist in infinitesimally small volumes. In order to confidently inspect a nuclear environment for radioactive sources, especially those which emit alpha radiation, technicians must carefully maintain detectors at a consistent velocity and distance from a source. Technicians must also take careful records of which areas have been surveyed or not are important so that no area is left unmonitored. This is a difficult, exhausting task when the coverage area is larger than an office space. An autonomous mobile robotic platform with Complete Coverage Path Planning (CCPP) can reduce dangerous exposure to humans and provide better information for Radiological Control Technicians (RCT). The developed robotic system - or RCTbot - is designed for long-term deployment with little human correction, intervention, or maintenance required. To do this, the RCTbot creates a map of the environment, continually updates it based on multiple sensor inputs, and searches its map for contamination. In nuclear environments, the areas of interest often remain spatially constant throughout the duration of an inspection and are considered temporally static. The RCTbot monitors temporally static environments but adapts to dynamic changes over time. It then uses its sensor data to update and maintain its map so no manual human intervention is necessary. The spatio-temporal map maintenance (STMM) is agnostic to the survey type, so the RCTbot system is viable for application domain other than nuclear.
@phdthesis{pitsch_spatio-temporal_2019,
	type = {Thesis},
	title = {Spatio-temporal map maintenance for extending autonomy in long-term mobile robotic tasks},
	url = {https://repositories.lib.utexas.edu/handle/2152/72719},
	abstract = {Working in hazardous environments requires routine inspections in order to meet safety standards. Dangerous quantities of nuclear contamination can exist in infinitesimally small volumes. In order to confidently inspect a nuclear environment for radioactive sources, especially those which emit alpha radiation, technicians must carefully maintain detectors at a consistent velocity and distance from a source. Technicians must also take careful records of which areas have been surveyed or not are important so that no area is left unmonitored. This is a difficult, exhausting task when the coverage area is larger than an office space. An autonomous mobile robotic platform with Complete Coverage Path Planning (CCPP) can reduce dangerous exposure to humans and provide better information for Radiological Control Technicians (RCT). The developed robotic system - or RCTbot - is designed for long-term deployment with little human correction, intervention, or maintenance required. To do this, the RCTbot creates a map of the environment, continually updates it based on multiple sensor inputs, and searches its map for contamination. In nuclear environments, the areas of interest often remain spatially constant throughout the duration of an inspection and are considered temporally static. The RCTbot monitors temporally static environments but adapts to dynamic changes over time. It then uses its sensor data to update and maintain its map so no manual human intervention is necessary. The spatio-temporal map maintenance (STMM) is agnostic to the survey type, so the RCTbot system is viable for application domain other than nuclear.},
	language = {en},
	urldate = {2020-05-10},
	author = {Pitsch, Meredith Leeann},
	month = jan,
	year = {2019},
	doi = {10.15781/T2HD7PD3M},
	note = {Accepted: 2019-02-01T20:40:23Z},
}

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