Collective Robotics: From Social Insects to Robots

C. Ronald Kube, Hong Zhang
1993 Adaptive Behavior  
Achieving tasks with a multiple robot system will require a control system that is both simple and scalable as the number of robots increases. Collective b e h a vior as demonstrated by social insects is a form of decentralized control that may prove useful in controlling multiple robots. Nature's several examples of collective behavior have motivated our approach to controlling a multiple robot system using a group behavior. Our mechanisms, used to invoke the group behavior, allow the system
more » ... robots to perform tasks without centralized control or explicit communication. We h a ve constructed a system of ve mobile robots capable of achieving simple collective tasks to verify the results obtained in simulation. The results suggest that decentralized control without explicit communication can be used in performing cooperative tasks requiring a collective behavior.
doi:10.1177/105971239300200204 fatcat:ujfjta2sprda7hblgfmjfjxu3i