Multi-rover testbed for teleconducted and autonomous surveillance, reconnaissance, and exploration

Wolfgang Fink, Mark A. Tarbella

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

5 Scopus citations


At Caltech's Visual and Autonomous Exploration Systems Research Laboratory ( an outdoor multi-rover testbed has been developed that allows for near real-time interactive or automatic control from anywhere in the world via the Internet. It enables the implementation, field-testing, and validation of algorithms/software and strategies for navigation, exploration, feature extraction, anomaly detection, and target prioritization with applications in planetary exploration, security surveillance, reconnaissance of disaster areas, military reconnaissance, and delivery of lethal force such as explosives for urban warfare. Several rover platforms have been developed, enabling testing of cooperative multi-rover scenarios (e.g., inter-rover communication/coordination) and distributed exploration of operational areas.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSpace Exploration Technologies II
StatePublished - 2009
EventSpace Exploration Technologies II - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: Apr 13 2009Apr 13 2009

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


OtherSpace Exploration Technologies II
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityOrlando, FL


  • Astronaut training
  • Autonomous self-commanding
  • Autonomous telecommanding
  • Cloud computing
  • Delivery of explosives
  • Distributed exploration
  • Hazardous environments
  • Human-robot interaction
  • Internet
  • Military reconnaissance
  • Planetary exploration
  • Rover testbed
  • Security surveillance
  • Teleoperation
  • Tier-scalable reconnaissance
  • Urban warfare
  • Worldwide control

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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