Jorge Cortés


Distributed sampling of random fields with unknown covariance
R. Graham, J. Cortés
Proceedings of the American Control Conference, St. Louis, Missouri, 2009, pp. 4543-4548


This paper considers robotic sensor networks performing spatial estimation tasks. We model a physical process of interest as a spatiotemporal random field with mean unknown and covariance known up to a scaling parameter. We design a distributed coordination algorithm for an heterogeneous network composed of mobile agents that take point measurements of the field and static nodes that fuse the information received from neighboring agents and compute directions of maximum descent of the estimation uncertainty. The technical approach builds on a novel iterative reformulation of the sequential field estimation from Bayesian statistics, and combines tools from distributed linear iterations, nonlinear programming, and spatial statistics.

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