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2014 Modelling Oil-Spill Detection with Swarm Drones
F. Aznar, M. Sempere, M. Pujol, R. Rizo, M. J. Pujol
Abstr. Appl. Anal. 2014(SI06): 1-14 (2014). DOI: 10.1155/2014/949407


Nowadays, swarm robotics research is having a great increase due to the benefits derived from its use, such as robustness, parallelism, and flexibility. Unlike distributed robotic systems, swarm robotics emphasizes a large number of robots, and promotes scalability. Among the multiple applications of such systems we could find are exploring unstructured environments, resource monitoring, or distributed sensing. Two of these applications, monitoring, and perimeter/area detection of a given resource, have several ecological uses. One of them is the detection and monitoring of pollutants to delimit their perimeter and area accurately. Maritime activity has been increasing gradually in recent years. Many ships carry products such as oil that can adversely affect the environment. Such products can produce high levels of pollution in case of being spilled into sea. In this paper we will present a distributed system which monitors, covers, and surrounds a resource by using a swarm of homogeneous low cost drones. These drones only use their local sensory information and do not require any direct communication between them. Taking into account the properties of this kind of oil spills we will present a microscopic model for a swarm of drones, capable of monitoring these spills properly. Furthermore, we will analyse the proper macroscopic operation of the swarm. The analytical and experimental results presented here show the proper evolution of our system.


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F. Aznar. M. Sempere. M. Pujol. R. Rizo. M. J. Pujol. "Modelling Oil-Spill Detection with Swarm Drones." Abstr. Appl. Anal. 2014 (SI06) 1 - 14, 2014.


Published: 2014
First available in Project Euclid: 2 October 2014

zbMATH: 07023377
Digital Object Identifier: 10.1155/2014/949407

Rights: Copyright © 2014 Hindawi

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