This project addresses the problem of providing a mobile robot with olfaction capability to recognize and estimate odor concentrations in the environment. This information, combined with that provided by other sensors (cameras, laser scanner, etc..) will be used in robot navigation and operation tasks in applications such as monitoring and controlling of abnormal levels of gas contaminants, gas leak detection, searching gas emission sources, studying distribution of gaseous substances, etc.
To this aim, we investigate aspects such as the creation of gas concentration maps, strategies to explore the environment based on detected odors, as well as the design and implementation of a specific control architecture which integrates olfactory information. This project is being carried out in collaboration with the Center for Applied Autonomous Sensor Systems at the Orebro’s University (Sweden).
Publications in the scope of this project: