Development and command-control tools for many-robot systems

Douglas W. Gage, Lynne E. Parker
1995 Microrobotics and Micromechanical Systems  
An initial concept is presented for a set of communications and command-control capabilities that can facilitate the development process for a system consisting of an arbitrarily large number of relatively simple (and probably small and inexpensive, although not necessarily "micro") robots --mechanisms to allow the human developer to quickly and easily see into the internal state of large numbers of robots, and to quickly and easily make changes to the robots' behaviors. The interface between
more » ... interface between the control station and the developer must be carefully designed in order to provide a serviceable development environment, and this environment, or subsets of it, should then evolve into the operator's station for deployed systems that require active control and monitoring. The development environment must provide the developer with a precise model for (re-) programming the elements of the system, while the system operator will require only the simplest functional model of the system as a whole that can support mission needs, combined with a convenient way to tell the system what to do. Report Documentation Page Form Approved OMB No. 0704-0188 Public reporting burden for the collection of information is estimated to average 1 hour per response, including the time for reviewing instructions, searching existing data sources, gathering and maintaining the data needed, and completing and reviewing the collection of information. Send comments regarding this burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection of information, including suggestions for reducing this burden, to Washington Headquarters Services, Directorate for Information Operations and Reports, 1215 Jefferson Davis Highway, Suite 1204, Arlington VA 22202-4302. Respondents should be aware that notwithstanding any other provision of law, no person shall be subject to a penalty for failing to comply with a collection of information if it does not display a currently valid OMB control number. 16. SECURITY CLASSIFICATION OF: 17. LIMITATION OF ABSTRACT 18. NUMBER OF PAGES 9 19a. NAME OF RESPONSIBLE PERSON a. REPORT unclassified b. ABSTRACT unclassified c. THIS PAGE unclassified Standard Form 298 (Rev. 8-98) Prescribed by ANSI Std Z39-18
doi:10.1117/12.228642 fatcat:wnhzf6326jgndet2taxjj4fb4q