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Automatic goal allocation for a planetary rover with DSmT

Vasile, M. and Ceriotti, M. (2009) Automatic goal allocation for a planetary rover with DSmT. In: Advances and Applications of DSmT for Information Fusion (Collected Works). American Research Press, FIZ Karlsruhe GmbH, pp. 387-409. ISBN 978-1-59973-073-8

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In this chapter, we propose an approach for assigning aninterest level to the goals of a planetary rover. Assigning an interest level to goals, allows the rover to autonomously transform and reallocate the goals. The interest level is defined by data-fusing payload and navigation information. The fusion yields an 'interest map',that quantifies the level of interest of each area around the rover. In this way the planner can choose the most interesting scientific objectives to be analysed, with limited human intervention, and reallocates its goals autonomously. The Dezert-Smarandache Theory of Plausible and Paradoxical Reasoning was used for information fusion: this theory allows dealing with vague and conflicting data. In particular, it allows us to directly model the behaviour of the scientists that have to evaluate the relevance of a particular set of goals. This chaptershows an application of the proposed approach to the generation of a reliable interest map.