A cooperative architecture based on social insects

Brookshaw, Iain and Low, Tobias (2013) A cooperative architecture based on social insects. In: Australasian Conference on Robotics and Automation (ACRA 2013), 2-4 Dec 2013, Sydney, Australia.

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In the last two decades, cooperative robotic groups have advanced rapidly; beginning with simple, almost blind box pushing tasks and advancing to the complexity of robocup's autonomous soccer matches. Groups of machines have been employed to build structures, search for targets, mimic insects and enact complex formations with precision and aplomb. The complexity of the tasks accomplished have been both impressive and practical,clearly illustrating the potential power of robotic groups and demonstrating how they may be applied to solve real-world problems.
Building on this success, we have created a software architecture that was intended to remove the robotic agents' dependency on complex communications or detailed task specific information.
By incorporating biological models of stigmergic social insect cooperation into the architecture, we aim to ensure that the robots will be able to cooperate implicitly, without regard to group size and with only a weak dependency on task specific information and group homogeneity. We have conducted preliminary investigations into the design's feasibility by using computer simulations of a simple object passing task. This simple task has enabled us to establish that cooperation is possible using this system. This paper will discuss the system's origins, design and future expansion.

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Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Agricultural, Computational and Environmental Sciences
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2014 11:00
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2014 05:04
Uncontrolled Keywords: robotics; robot cooperation; computer simulation; software; biological models
Fields of Research : 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0803 Computer Software > 080302 Computer System Architecture
09 Engineering > 0913 Mechanical Engineering > 091303 Autonomous Vehicles
09 Engineering > 0910 Manufacturing Engineering > 091007 Manufacturing Robotics and Mechatronics (excl. Automotive Mechatronics)
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 89 Information and Communication Services > 8902 Computer Software and Services > 890201 Application Software Packages (excl. Computer Games)
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/25107

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