A Reliability Analysis Technique for Estimating Sequentially Coordinated Multirobot Mission Performance

John Porter, Kawa Cheung, Joseph Andrew Giampapa, and John M. Dolan
Proceedings of the 2013 International Conference on Principles and Practice of Multi-Agent Systems (PRIMA), Springer Verlag Lecture Notes in Computer Science, December, 2013, pp. 276-291.


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Abstract
This paper presents a quantifiable method by which the be- haviors of robots, as determined by their performance in a cyber-physical context, can be captured and generalized so that accurate predictions of sequentially coordinated multirobot behaviors can be made. The analy- sis technique abstracts sequentially coordinated multirobot missions as a frequentist inference problem. Rather than attempt to identify and put into a causal relation all the hidden and unknown cyber-physical influ- ences that can have an impact on mission performance, we model the problem as that of predicting multirobot performance as a conditional probability. This allows us to initially limit the testing and evaluation of robot performance to evaluations of atomistic behaviors, and to exper- iment mathematically with the combinations of predictive features and elementary performance metrics to derive accurate predictions of higher- level coordinated performance. Statistical tests on the goodness of the results are reported, as well.

Keywords
coordinated autonomy, coordinated multi-robot reliability analysis, robotics, reliability engineering, quantitative assurance, robotic de-mining

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Text Reference
John Porter, Kawa Cheung, Joseph Andrew Giampapa, and John M. Dolan, "A Reliability Analysis Technique for Estimating Sequentially Coordinated Multirobot Mission Performance," Proceedings of the 2013 International Conference on Principles and Practice of Multi-Agent Systems (PRIMA), Springer Verlag Lecture Notes in Computer Science, December, 2013, pp. 276-291.

BibTeX Reference
@inproceedings{Porter_2013_7618,
   author = "John Porter and Kawa Cheung and Joseph Andrew Giampapa and John M Dolan",
   title = "A Reliability Analysis Technique for Estimating Sequentially Coordinated Multirobot Mission Performance",
   booktitle = "Proceedings of the 2013 International Conference on Principles and Practice of Multi-Agent Systems (PRIMA), Springer Verlag Lecture Notes in Computer Science",
   pages = "276-291",
   month = "December",
   year = "2013",
   volume = "28",
}