A cooperative architecture based on social insects

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Brookshaw, Iain and Low, Tobias. 2013. "A cooperative architecture based on social insects." Katupitiya, Jayantha, Guivant, Jose and Eaton, Ray (ed.) Australasian Conference on Robotics and Automation (ACRA 2013). Sydney, Australia 02 - 04 Dec 2013 Australia.
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A cooperative architecture based on social insects

Presentation TypePaper
AuthorsBrookshaw, Iain (Author) and Low, Tobias (Author)
EditorsKatupitiya, Jayantha, Guivant, Jose and Eaton, Ray
Journal or Proceedings TitleProceedings of the Australasian Conference on Robotics and Automation (ACRA 2013)
Number of Pages12
Year2013
Place of PublicationAustralia
ISBN9780980740448
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttp://www.araa.asn.au/acra/acra2013/papers/pap117s1-file1.pdf
Conference/EventAustralasian Conference on Robotics and Automation (ACRA 2013)
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Australasian Conference on Robotics and Automation (ACRA 2013)
Event Date
02 to end of 04 Dec 2013
Event Location
Sydney, Australia
Abstract

In the last two decades, cooperative robotic groups have advanced rapidly; beginning with simple, almost blind box pushing tasks and advancing to the complexity of robocup's autonomous soccer matches. Groups of machines have been employed to build structures, search for targets, mimic insects and enact complex formations with precision and aplomb. The complexity of the tasks accomplished have been both impressive and practical, clearly illustrating the potential power of robotic groups and demonstrating how they may be applied to solve real-world problems.

Building on this success, we have created a software architecture that was intended to remove the robotic agents' dependency on complex communications or detailed task specific information.

By incorporating biological models of stigmergic social insect cooperation into the architecture, we aim to ensure that the robots will be able to cooperate implicitly, without regard to group size and with only a weak dependency on task specific information and group homogeneity. We have conducted preliminary investigations into the design's feasibility by using computer simulations of a simple object passing task. This simple task has enabled us to establish that cooperation is possible using this system. This paper will discuss the system's origins, design and future expansion.

Keywordsrobotics; robot cooperation; computer simulation; software; biological models
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ANZSRC Field of Research 2020461206. Software architecture
400703. Autonomous vehicle systems
400707. Manufacturing robotics
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Byline AffiliationsFaculty of Engineering and Surveying
Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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