Towards cooperation of heterogeneous, autonomous robots: A case study of humanoid and wheeled robots

Jutta Kiener, Oskar von Stryk
2010 Robotics and Autonomous Systems  
In this paper a case study of cooperation of a strongly heterogeneous autonomous robot team, composed of a highly articulated humanoid robot and a wheeled robot with largely complementing and some redundant abilities is presented. By combining strongly heterogeneous robots the diversity of achievable tasks increases as the variety of sensing and motion abilities of the robot system is extended compared to a usually considered team of homogeneous robots. A number of methodologies and
more » ... required to achieve the long-term goal of cooperation of heterogeneous autonomous robots are discussed including modeling tasks and robot abilities, task assignment and redistribution, robot behavior modeling and programming, robot middleware and robot simulation. Example solutions and their application to the cooperation of autonomous wheeled and humanoid robots are presented in this case study. The scenario describes a tightly coupled cooperative task, where the humanoid robot and the wheeled robot track a moving ball, which is to be approached and kicked by the humanoid robot into a goal. The task can be fulfilled successfully by combining the abilities of both robots.
doi:10.1016/j.robot.2010.03.013 fatcat:hmvieeovunajhjs2zlljwbrb5u