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author = {Saputra, RP and Rakicevic, N and Chappell, D and Wang, K and Kormushev, P},
doi = {10.1109/ACCESS.2021.3063782},
journal = {IEEE Access},
pages = {39656--39679},
title = {Hierarchical decomposed-objective model predictive control for autonomous casualty extraction},
url = {},
volume = {9},
year = {2021}

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AB - In recent years, several robots have been developed and deployed to perform casualty extraction tasks. However, the majority of these robots are overly complex, and require teleoperation via either a skilled operator or a specialised device, and often the operator must be present at the scene to navigate safely around the casualty. Instead, improving the autonomy of such robots can reduce the reliance on expert operators and potentially unstable communication systems, while still extracting the casualty in a safe manner. There are several stages in the casualty extraction procedure, from navigating to the location of the emergency, safely approaching and loading the casualty, to finally navigating back to the medical assistance location. In this paper, we propose a Hierarchical Decomposed-Objective based Model Predictive Control (HiDO-MPC) method for safely approaching and manoeuvring around the casualty. We implement this controller on ResQbot — a proof-of-concept mobile rescue robot we previously developed — capable of safely rescuing an injured person lying on the ground, i.e. performing the casualty extraction procedure. HiDO-MPC achieves the desired casualty extraction behaviour by decomposing the main objective into multiple sub-objectives with a hierarchical structure. At every time step, the controller evaluates this hierarchical decomposed objective and generates the optimal control decision. We have conducted a number of experiments both in simulation and using the real robot to evaluate the proposed method’s performance, and compare it with baseline approaches. The results demonstrate that the proposed control strategy gives significantly better results than baseline approaches in terms of accuracy, robustness, and execution time, when applied to casualty extraction scenarios.
AU - Saputra,RP
AU - Rakicevic,N
AU - Chappell,D
AU - Wang,K
AU - Kormushev,P
DO - 10.1109/ACCESS.2021.3063782
EP - 39679
PY - 2021///
SN - 2169-3536
SP - 39656
TI - Hierarchical decomposed-objective model predictive control for autonomous casualty extraction
T2 - IEEE Access
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VL - 9
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