Autonomous Agents for On-Scene Networked Incident Management

Technical Information

Research Testbeds and Video Clusters

Research Demonstrations



UCSD Team Members




The main goal the Autonomous Agents for On-Scene Networked Incident Management (ATON) project is to make tangible and substantive contributions to the realization of a powerful and integrated traffic-incident detection, monitoring and recovery system.
The system will have direct impact on reducing congestion on the highways. It will make travel safer, smoother, and more economical and will reduce wasted fuel and pollution. The system will use clusters of video and acoustic sensors, mobile robotic agents, interactive multimedia workstations and interfaces; all connected using high-speed, high bandwidth communication links. The sensors will monitor traffic and automatically detect an incident. Remote agents will be deployed for verification and for on-scene deployment of specialized sensors and interactivity tools.
Diagram of distributed highway video sensors
The system will inform appropriate authorities and operators will be able to view the incident site and offer assistance from remote sites. The system will keep monitoring the incident site and related events such as conditions of people needing assistance, tracking of a hit-and-run vehicle continuously from a sensor cluster to the next. The system will also provide multiple remote operators the ability to simultaneously observe incident sites at individually specified resolution and perspectives, for efficient decision-making and evaluation. Proper assistance will be provided in the most efficient manner. For incident clearance only the essential personnel will be deployed on-site reducing delays, costs, and additional traffic congestion.
Diagram of incident analysis and resolving

Realization of ATON requires resolution of several challenging research tasks. These tasks are organized in five interrelated research areas:

Sponsors include:

Digital Media Innovations Program CREATE: UCSB Center for Research in Electronic Art Technology Caltrans Testbed Center for Interoperability
Caltrans University of California, Santa Barbara