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Title:Multi-agent planning for coordinated robotic weed killing
Author(s):McAllister, Wyatt Spalding
Advisor(s):Chowdhary, Girish
Department / Program:Electrical & Computer Eng
Discipline:Electrical & Computer Engr
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Multi-Robot Coordination, Multi-Agent Planning, Agricultural Robotics
Abstract:This work presents a strategy for coordinated multi-agent weeding under conditions of partial environmental information. Our goal is to demonstrate the feasibility of coordination strategies for improving the weeding performance of autonomous agricultural robots. We show that, given a sufficient number of agents, the algorithm can successfully weed fields with various initial seed bank densities, even when multiple days are allowed to elapse before weeding commences. Furthermore, the use of coordination between agents is demonstrated to strongly improve system performance as the number of agents increases, enabling the system to eliminate all the weeds in the field, as in the case of full environmental information, when the planner without coordination failed to do so. As a domain to test our algorithms, we have developed an open source simulation environment, Weed World, which allows real-time visualization of coordinated weeding policies, and includes realistic weed generation. In this work, experiments are conducted to determine the required number of agents and their required transit speed, for given initial seed bank densities and varying allowed days before the start of the weeding process.
Issue Date:2018-04-26
Rights Information:2018 Wyatt McAllister
Date Available in IDEALS:2018-09-04
Date Deposited:2018-05

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