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Sensors 2015, 15(11), 29346-29362;

An Analytic Model for the Success Rate of a Robotic Actuator System in Hitting Random Targets

Physics Department, University of Auckland, Private Bag 92019, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
Academic Editor: Vittorio M. N. Passaro
Received: 5 September 2015 / Revised: 10 November 2015 / Accepted: 17 November 2015 / Published: 20 November 2015
(This article belongs to the Section Physical Sensors)
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Autonomous robotic systems are increasingly being used in a wide range of applications such as precision agriculture, medicine, and the military. These systems have common features which often includes an action by an “actuator” interacting with a target. While simulations and measurements exist for the success rate of hitting targets by some systems, there is a dearth of analytic models which can give insight into, and guidance on optimization, of new robotic systems. The present paper develops a simple model for estimation of the success rate for hitting random targets from a moving platform. The model has two main dimensionless parameters: the ratio of actuator spacing to target diameter; and the ratio of platform distance moved (between actuator “firings”) to the target diameter. It is found that regions of parameter space having specified high success are described by simple equations, providing guidance on design. The role of a “cost function” is introduced which, when minimized, provides optimization of design, operating, and risk mitigation costs. View Full-Text
Keywords: robotic platform; robotic actuator; robotic targeting; random targets robotic platform; robotic actuator; robotic targeting; random targets

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Bradley, S. An Analytic Model for the Success Rate of a Robotic Actuator System in Hitting Random Targets. Sensors 2015, 15, 29346-29362.

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