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Towards Expendable Robot Teaming in Extreme Environments

Mario Gianni
School of Computing, Electronics and Mathematics, Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of Plymouth, Plymouth, Devon, UK

Abstract—In this work we introduce the concept of expendable robot teaming and its relevance in domain applications where the magnitude of hazards and risks reach the point that human exposure represents either a direct threat to life or long-term health consequences. We also introduce the main rationale behind this alternative approach to multiple robot deployment in extreme environments with particular attention to nuclear waste management and decommissioning. Finally, we briefly discuss related research challenges and directions. 

Index Terms—multi-robot systems, extreme environments, autonomous robots, communication networks, machine learning, nuclear waste, decommissioning, radiological instrumentation. robot coordination and cooperation

Cite: Mario Gianni, "Towards Expendable Robot Teaming in Extreme Environments" International Journal of Mechanical Engineering and Robotics Research, Vol. 8, No. 6, pp. 830-838, November 2019. DOI: 10.18178/ijmerr.8.6.830-838