Networked Robotic Cameras for Collaborative Observation of Natural Environments

  • Dezhen Song
  • Ken Goldberg
Part of the Springer Tracts in Advanced Robotics book series (STAR, volume 28)

Abstract

Scientific study of animals in situ requires vigilant observation of detailed animal behavior over weeks or months. When animals live in remote and/or inhospitable locations, observation can be an arduous, expensive, dangerous, and lonely experience for scientists. Emerging advances in robot cameras, long-range wireless networking, and distributed sensors make feasible a new class of portable robotic “observatories” that can allow groups of scientists, via the internet, to remotely observe, record, and index detailed animal activity. As a shorthand for such an instrument, we propose the acronym CONE: Collaborative Observatory for Natural Environments.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dezhen Song
    • 1
  • Ken Goldberg
    • 2
  1. 1.CS DepartmentTexas A&M UniversityUSA
  2. 2.IEOR DepartmentUC BerkeleyBerkeley

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