New Generation Computing, 19(2001)121-137
Ohmsha, Ltd. and Springer-Verlag
Received 16 July 2000
Revised manuscript received 30 October 2000
This paper proposes a Distributed Vision System (DVS), which is an intelligent infrastructure for mobile robots consisting of many vision agents (VAs) embedded in an environment. The system monitors the environment from various viewing points with the VAs, maintains the dynamic environment models, and provides various information to robots. Based on this concept, we have developed a prototype of the DVS which consists of sixteen vision agents and simultaneously navigates two robots in a model town.
Keywords: Distributed Vision System, Vision Agents, Mobile Robot Navigation, Perceptual Information Infrastructure.