Directional sensor control for maximizing information gain

Shankarachary Ragi, Hans Mittelmann, Edwin K P Chong

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1 Scopus citations


We develop tractable solutions to the problem of controlling the directions of 2-D directional sensors for max- imizing information gain corresponding to multiple targets in 2-D. The target locations are known with some uncertainty given by a joint prior distribution (Gaussian). A sensor generates a (noisy) measurement of a target only if the target lies within the field-of-view of the sensor, and the measurements from all the sensors are fused to form global estimates of target locations. This problem is hard to solve exactly|the computation time increases exponentially with the number of sensors. We develop heuristic methods to solve the problem approximately and provide lower and upper bounds on the optimal information gain. We improve the solutions from these heuristic approaches by formulating the problem as a dynamic programming problem and solving it using a rollout approach.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSignal and Data Processing of Small Targets 2013
StatePublished - 2013
EventSignal and Data Processing of Small Targets 2013 - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Aug 28 2013Aug 29 2013

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


OtherSignal and Data Processing of Small Targets 2013
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA


  • Directional sensor control
  • maximizing information gain
  • rollout on heuristic methods

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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