Hybrid behavioral control architecture for the cooperation of minimalist mobile robots

L. Adouane, N. Le Fort-Piat
2004 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, 2004. Proceedings. ICRA '04. 2004  
This paper presents a hybrid control architecture based on subsumption and schemas motors principles in order to achieve complex and cooperative tasks. The control architecture implemented is constituted by a set of independent and elementary behaviors organized in layers of skills. Specific low-level behaviors, called altruistic behaviors and inspired by societies of insects (attractive or repulsive signals), are used to improve the efficiency of the control. Therefore, competitive and
more » ... ive mechanisms are used in an unique hybrid architecture of control to perform a complex box-pushing task by a set of mini-robots. The analysis of an elevated number of simulations allows us to have statistical results (time to complete the task was chosen as performance criteria) which show the existence of an optimal number of robots to achieve the box-pushing task and underline the importance of the use of altruistic behaviors to enhance the cooperative task. Index Terms -Cooperative robotics, Behavioral architecture of control, Altruistic behavior, Box-pushing task. 0-7803-8232-3/04/$17.00 ©2004 IEEE
doi:10.1109/robot.2004.1308846 dblp:conf/icra/AdouaneF04 fatcat:lsbay5fzbndb5iod5kuumtzx4y