Establishing Continuous Communication through Dynamic Team Behaviour Switching

Zhivkov, Tsvetan, Schneider, Eric and Sklar, Elizabeth (2019) Establishing Continuous Communication through Dynamic Team Behaviour Switching. In: 2nd UK-RAS ROBOTICS AND AUTONOMOUS SYSTEMS CONFERENCE.

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Establishing Continuous Communication through Dynamic Team Behaviour Switching
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Maintaining continuous communication is an important factor that contributes to the success of multi-robot systems. Most research involving multi-robot teams is conducted in controlled laboratory settings, where continuous communication is assumed, typically because there is a wireless network (wifi) that keeps all the robots connected. But for multi-robot teams to operate successfully “in the wild”, it is crucial to consider how communication can be maintained when signals fail or robots move out of range. This paper presents a novel “leader-follower behaviour” with dynamic role switching and messaging that supports uninterrupted communication, regardless of network perturbations. A series of experiments were conducted in which it is shown how network perturbations effect performance, comparing a baseline with the new leaderfollower behaviour. The experiments record metrics on team success, given the two conditions. These results are significant for real-world multi-robot systems applications that require continuous communication amongst team members.

Keywords:Multi-robot systems, communication
Subjects:H Engineering > H671 Robotics
G Mathematical and Computer Sciences > G420 Networks and Communications
Divisions:College of Science > Lincoln Institute for Agri-Food Technology
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Deposited On:29 Jun 2021 14:03

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