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Positioning multiple sensors for acquisition of a given environment is one of the fundamental research areas in various fields, such as military scouting, computer vision, and robotics. In this paper, we propose a new model for the problem of sensor deployment. Deploying and configuring a set of given sensors on a synthetically generated 3-D terrain have multiple objectives on conflicting attributes: maximizing the visibility of the given terrain, maximizing the stealth of the sensors, and minimizing the cost of the sensors used. Since they are utility-independent, these complementary and conflicting objectives are modeled by a multiplicative total utility function, based on multiattribute utility theory. The total utility function proposed in this paper can also be adapted for various military scouting missions with different characteristics.
Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, Part C: Applications and Reviews, IEEE Transactions on (Volume:41 , Issue: 3 )
Date of Publication: May 2011