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Special Issue "Robot and Sensor Networks for Environmental Monitoring"

A special issue of Sensors (ISSN 1424-8220). This special issue belongs to the section "Sensor Networks".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Annalisa Milella
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Institute of Intelligent Industrial Systems and Technologies for Advanced Manufacturing, National Research Council of Italy, via Amendola 122/D-I, 70126 Bari, Italy
Interests: multi-sensor systems for robot perception; 3D reconstruction and mapping; signal and image processing applied to robotics and intelligent systems; agricultural robotics
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Dr. Antonio Petitti
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Institute of Intelligent Industrial Technologies and Systems for Advanced Manufacturing (STIIMA), National Research Council (CNR), 70126 Bari, Italy
Interests: distributed estimation; agricultural robotics; distributed control; robotic-aided IoT

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In recent decades, sensor networks have been used across expansive environments to develop effective surveying systems in critical domains like agricultural, forest, and sea monitoring and for ambient intelligence in general. While sensor networks provide a powerful tool to capture relevant information about environments and people activities therein, managing and maintaining the network can be challenging if a dense sampling of the environment is required. On the other hand, sparse area coverage may induce connection failures. Mobile robots hold the promise to enhance the potential of sensor networks. Robots can carry a wide range of sensors, thus offering increased availability and awareness as compared to a static system. They can interact with the environment, with humans or with other robots to perform complex tasks, enabling the development of intelligent systems that are not only able to detect events but also to actively intervene on the environment accordingly. They can also interact with stationary sensors by improving their connectivity or to support labor-intensive tasks such as deployment, maintenance or charging of multiple nodes in wide areas.

The aim of this Special Issue is to provide researchers and professionals with high-quality and state-of-the-art papers addressing the latest advances in the design, development, and deployment of robot and sensor networks. Related research includes but is not limited to robot and sensor network architectures, multisensor data fusion and analysis, communications in monitoring systems, agricultural and forest, sea monitoring, and ambient intelligence applications.

Dr. Annalisa Milella
Dr. Antonio Petitti
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Robot and sensor networks
  • Robotic-aided IoT
  • Multisensor data fusion and analysis
  • IoT for environmental monitoring
  • IoT for precision agriculture
  • Agricultural and forest monitoring
  • Sea monitoring
  • Security and surveillance
  • Ambient Intelligence

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The Repair Strategy for Event Coverage Holes Based on Mobile Robots in Wireless Sensor and Robot Networks
Sensors 2019, 19(22), 5045; https://doi.org/10.3390/s19225045 - 19 Nov 2019
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In the application of the wireless sensor and robot networks (WSRNs), there is an urgent need to accommodate flexible surveillance tasks in intricate surveillance scenarios. On the condition of flexible surveillance missions and demands, event coverage holes occur in the networks. The conventional [...] Read more.
In the application of the wireless sensor and robot networks (WSRNs), there is an urgent need to accommodate flexible surveillance tasks in intricate surveillance scenarios. On the condition of flexible surveillance missions and demands, event coverage holes occur in the networks. The conventional network repair methods based on the geometric graph theory such as Voronoi diagram method are unable to meet the conditions of flexible surveillance tasks and severe multi-restraint scenarios. Mobile robots show obvious advantages in terms of adaptation capacity and mobility in hazardous and severe scenarios. First, we propose an event coverage hole healing model for multi-constrained scenarios. Then, we propose a joint event coverage hole repair algorithm (JECHR) on the basis of global repair and local repair to apply mobile robots to heal event coverage holes in WSRNs. Different from conventional healing methods, the proposed algorithm can heal event coverage holes efficaciously which are resulted from changing surveillance demands and scenarios. The JECHR algorithm can provide an optimal repair method, which is able to adapt different kinds of severe multi-constrained circumstances. Finally, a large number of repair simulation experiments verify the performance of the JECHR algorithm which can be adapted to a variety of intricate surveillance tasks and application scenarios. Full article
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Internet of Robotic Things in Smart Domains: Applications and Challenges
Sensors 2020, 20(12), 3355; https://doi.org/10.3390/s20123355 - 12 Jun 2020
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With the advent of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, Internet of Things (IoT) and robotic systems are closely cooperating, reshaping their relations and managing to develop new-generation devices. Such disruptive technology corresponds to the backbone of the so-called Industry 4.0. The integration of robotic [...] Read more.
With the advent of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, Internet of Things (IoT) and robotic systems are closely cooperating, reshaping their relations and managing to develop new-generation devices. Such disruptive technology corresponds to the backbone of the so-called Industry 4.0. The integration of robotic agents and IoT leads to the concept of the Internet of Robotic Things, in which innovation in digital systems is drawing new possibilities in both industrial and research fields, covering several domains such as manufacturing, agriculture, health, surveillance, and education, to name but a few. In this manuscript, the state-of-the-art of IoRT applications is outlined, aiming to mark their impact on several research fields, and focusing on the main open challenges of the integration of robotic technologies into smart spaces. IoRT technologies and applications are also discussed to underline their influence in everyday life, inducing the need for more research into remote and automated applications. Full article
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