Local spreading algorithms for autonomous robot systems

Reuven Cohen, David Peleg
2008 Theoretical Computer Science  
This paper studies local algorithms for autonomous robot systems, namely, algorithms that use only information of the positions of a bounded number of their nearest neighbors. The paper focuses on the spreading problem. It defines measures for the quality of spreading, presents a local algorithm for the one-dimensional spreading problem, proves its convergence to the equally spaced configuration and discusses its convergence rate in the synchronous and semi-synchronous settings. It then
more » ... a local algorithm achieving the exact equally spaced configuration in finite time in the synchronous setting, and proves it is time optimal for local algorithms. Finally, the paper also proposes a possible algorithm for the two-dimensional case and presents partial simulation results of its effectiveness.
doi:10.1016/j.tcs.2008.02.007 fatcat:25ffun6gwjak7ll5cjt66vmyn4