Guest editorial: special issue on search and pursuit-evasion with mobile robots

Geoffrey A. Hollinger, Timothy H. Chung, Volkan Isler
2011 Autonomous Robots  
Search problems (in which the objective is to find possibly mobile targets) and pursuit-evasion games (where one or more pursuers try to capture an evader who, in turn, tries to avoid capture) both have long histories in mathematics, operations research, and computer science. Classical results were sometimes driven by mere intellectual curiosity but more often by the wide range of applications, mainly in military settings. Only recently, however, have such tasks been performed by robotic
more » ... . The increased capabilities of mobile robots are enabling autonomous search and rescue, robotic surveillance, unmanned reconnaissance, and other technologies. Beyond these applications, search and pursuit-evasion missions serve as catalysts for robotics research. That is, to develop autonomous systems for these tasks, it is necessary to build on classical tools and develop new ones which are capable of dealing with environmental complexity, sensing limitations, communication constraints, and robustness issues. The primary aim of this special issue entitled Search and Pursuit-Evasion with Mobile Robots is to bridge the gap be-
doi:10.1007/s10514-011-9252-1 fatcat:53kvltharjh2to7rwyqen624im