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Movement in Collaborative Robotic Environments Based on the Fish Shoal Emergent Patterns

 

1Razvan CIOARGA, 1Mihai V. MICEA, 1Vladimir CRETU, 2Emil M. PETRIU

1Department of Computer and Software Engineering (DCSE),

"Politehnica" University of Timisoara, 2, Vasile Parvan Blvd., 300223 Timisoara, Romania

2School of Information Technology and Engineering, University of Ottawa,

800, King Edward, Ottawa, KIN 6N5, Canada

E-mail: razvan.cioarga@cs.upt.ro, mihai.micea@cs.upt.ro, vladimir.cretu@cs.upt.ro, petriu@site.uottawa.ca

 

 

Received: 30 January 2008   /Accepted: 20 February   /Published: 23 March 2009

 

Abstract: Robotic collectives are used for the efficient achievement of complex tasks. There is a significant increase in the interest for emergent, collaborative robotics as a viable alternative to the more centralized classic approach as the dimensions, energy consumption and especially price are becoming required constraints. This paper describes a nature inspired algorithm intended for the movement and communication of such robotic collectives. As a case study, the implementation of the emergent algorithm on a system consisting of LEGO Mindstorm Robots is further discussed along with the most interesting experimental results.

 

Keywords: Collective robotics, Emergent behavior, Nature inspired movement

 

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