Research Topic

Informed Scientific Sampling in Large-scale Outdoor Environments

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Special thanks to Ms. Johanna Hansen and Mr. Sandeep Manjanna, who were instrumental in the organization of this Research Topic.

This Research Topic is dedicated to the recent progress in the field of robotic sampling for monitoring large-scale outdoor environments, such as forests, bodies of water, agricultural fields, and complex urban settings. It aims to provide an overview of the research related to field robotics and intends to cover research issues that span theoretical, design, and applied areas such as measurement acquisition and evaluation, building robust field robots, multi-robot teams, and environmental monitoring. Regardless of the specific area of applications, this Research Topic focuses on highlighting efficient and robust information acquisition and analysis approaches with autonomous or semi-autonomous technology.

Topics of interest for this Research Topic:

Informed Sampling
• Active sampling
• Informed path planning
• Trade-offs between exploration and exploitation
• Data transfer between tasks and developing meaningful priors

Field Robotics
• Field robotic applications: aerial, urban, forest, marine, etc.
• Designing robotic systems for challenging environments
• Sensor networks
• Multi-robot coordination
• Large-scale mapping
• Mapping with scientific sensors
• Sensor fusion for robust decision-making and navigation

Sensing Applications
• Pollution monitoring
• Environment sensing
• Cities and humans
• Search and rescue
• Disaster recovery
• Wildlife tracking
• Collaborating with domain experts
• Interpreting and presenting scientific data


Keywords: Field Robotics, Informed Sampling, Path Planning, Sensor Networks, Multi-Robot Coordination, Large-Scale Mapping


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

Special thanks to Ms. Johanna Hansen and Mr. Sandeep Manjanna, who were instrumental in the organization of this Research Topic.

This Research Topic is dedicated to the recent progress in the field of robotic sampling for monitoring large-scale outdoor environments, such as forests, bodies of water, agricultural fields, and complex urban settings. It aims to provide an overview of the research related to field robotics and intends to cover research issues that span theoretical, design, and applied areas such as measurement acquisition and evaluation, building robust field robots, multi-robot teams, and environmental monitoring. Regardless of the specific area of applications, this Research Topic focuses on highlighting efficient and robust information acquisition and analysis approaches with autonomous or semi-autonomous technology.

Topics of interest for this Research Topic:

Informed Sampling
• Active sampling
• Informed path planning
• Trade-offs between exploration and exploitation
• Data transfer between tasks and developing meaningful priors

Field Robotics
• Field robotic applications: aerial, urban, forest, marine, etc.
• Designing robotic systems for challenging environments
• Sensor networks
• Multi-robot coordination
• Large-scale mapping
• Mapping with scientific sensors
• Sensor fusion for robust decision-making and navigation

Sensing Applications
• Pollution monitoring
• Environment sensing
• Cities and humans
• Search and rescue
• Disaster recovery
• Wildlife tracking
• Collaborating with domain experts
• Interpreting and presenting scientific data


Keywords: Field Robotics, Informed Sampling, Path Planning, Sensor Networks, Multi-Robot Coordination, Large-Scale Mapping


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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14 June 2020 Manuscript

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