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SERBERE  by 

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R o B ots h E te R ogèn E s s urveillance _

Starting date: 2022

Project RAPID – Consortium: Nexter Robotics/MASA Group 

OBJECTIVE

The main objective of the SERBERE project is to delegate the surveillance of areas to heterogeneous swarms of autonomous patrol robots, tireless nocturnal sentinels.

We propose to work on the following operational, scientific and technical axes:

• The analysis of the environment by the robot and the interaction with the latter (complexity of the terrain and data fusion).

• The decision-making autonomy of robots and the necessary security guarantees that result from it,

• Explainability and interpretability by humans of decisions made by robots,

• Cooperation between heterogeneous robots,

• Evaluation of the extensibility and flexibility of the system by adding new effectors or new missions.

 

This project aims to explore the use of a decision-making artificial intelligence technology, Direct AI, hitherto mainly used for the empowerment of agents in simulations, within the framework of existing patrol robots.

We propose a dual approach aimed at carrying out a reflection in two environments:

• A simulated environment making it easy and quick to assess the relevance of the decision-making models implemented as well as the mechanics of information exchange and collaboration between robots.

• A real environment allowing an initial simulation of the concepts and solutions retained within the framework of a prototype implementing robots within an evolving environment

• A real environment allowing an initial simulation of the concepts and solutions retained within the framework of a prototype implementing robots within an evolving environment

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SERBERE areas of study

Conceptual axis

- Issue of the explainability and interpretability of the decision

- Be able to guarantee the non-occurrence of undesirable behavior

- Evaluation of an adaptive hierarchical organization solution

Technical axis

- Creation of autonomous behaviors for patrol robots

- Implementation of a collaboration solution between robots with heterogeneous capacities

- Management of the coactivity with the man

Operational axis

Demonstration on a swarm of real patrol robots in a representative environment

- Implementation of solutions for evaluating the performance of the proposal

- Evaluation of the extensibility and flexibility of the solution (software, architecture, hardware), i.e. the ability to be easily adapted when changing hardware, effectors, missions, etc.

- Issue of the interpretability of the decision by an operator

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