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Optimal Spatial Formation of Swarm Robotic Gas Sensors in Odor Plume Finding

Finding the best spatial formation of stationary gas sensors in detection of odor clues is the first step of searching for olfactory targets in a given space using a swarm of robots. Considering no movement for a network of gas sensors, this paper formulates the problem of odor plume detection and analytically finds the optimal spatial configuration of the sensors for plume detection, given a set of assumptions. This solution was analyzed and verified by simulations and finally experimentally validated in a reduced scale realistic environment using a set of Roomba-based mobile robots.

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