Three-Dimensional Statistical Gas Distribution Mapping in an Uncontrolled Indoor Environment

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Executive Summary

In this paper, the authors present a statistical method to build Three-Dimensional gas Distribution Maps (3D-DM). The proposed mapping technique uses kernel extrapolation with a tri-variate Gaussian kernel that models the likelihood that a reading represents the concentration distribution at a distant location in the three dimensions. The method is evaluated using a mobile robot equipped with three "E-noses" mounted at different heights. Initial experiments in an uncontrolled indoor environment are presented and evaluated with respect to the ability of the 3D map, computed from the lower and upper nose, to predict the map from the middle nose.

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