Toward City-Scale Litter Monitoring Using Autonomous Ground Vehicles

Littering is a significant challenge for environmental sustainability and a major burden for cities and densely populated areas. Current solutions for litter monitoring such as litter watch campaigns and city-operated litter collection are costly and challenging to conduct at a large scale. This article presents a vision for using autonomous ground vehicles (AGVs) for litter monitoring and removal and introduces a mechanism for AGVs that uses thermal dissipation resulting from sunlight to identify and remove litter objects. We identify and highlight key challenges for deploying the envisioned solution on a city scale and demonstrate the feasibility of the solution through extensive experiments.

Yin Zhigang, Olapad Mayowa, Liyanage Mohan, Dar Farooq, Zuniga Agustin, Motlagh Naser Hossein, Su Xiang, Tarkoma Sasu, Hui Pan, Nurmi Petteri, Flores Huber

A1 Journal article – refereed

Z. Yin et al., "Toward City-Scale Litter Monitoring Using Autonomous Ground Vehicles," in IEEE Pervasive Computing, vol. 21, no. 3, pp. 74-83, 1 July-Sept. 2022, doi: 10.1109/MPRV.2022.3152926