Development of an autonomous micro robot for swarm robotics

Arvin, Farshad and Murray, John and Shi, Licheng and Zhang, Chun and Yue, Shigang (2014) Development of an autonomous micro robot for swarm robotics. In: IEEE International Conference on Mechatronics and Automation (ICMA), 3-6 August 2014, Tianjin, China.

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Abstract

Swarm robotic systems which are inspired from social behaviour of animals especially insects are becoming a fascinating topic for multi-robot researchers. Simulation software is mostly used for performing research in swarm robotics due the hardware complexities and cost of robot platforms. However, simulation of large numbers of these swarm robots is extremely complex and often inaccurate. In this paper we present the design of a low-cost, open-platform, autonomous micro robot (Colias) for swarm robotic applications. Colias uses a circular platform with a diameter of 4 cm. Long-range infrared modules with adjustable output power allow the robot to communicate with its direct neighbours. The robot has been tested in individual and swarm scenarios and the observed results demonstrate its feasibility to be used as a micro sized mobile robot as well as a low-cost platform for robot swarm applications.

Keywords:Autonomous Robot, Micro Robot, Swarm Robotics, Bio-inspired
Subjects:H Engineering > H671 Robotics
H Engineering > H730 Mechatronics
Divisions:College of Science > School of Computer Science
ID Code:14837
Deposited On:09 Sep 2014 15:08

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