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Designing and analyzing self-organizing systems such as robotic swarms is a challenging task even though we have complete knowledge about the robot's interior. It is difficult to determine the individual robot's behavior based on the swarm behavior and vice versa due to the high number of agent–agent interactions. A step towards a solution of this problem(More)
The application of robots in the same workspace with humans results, intended or unintended, in direct mechanical interaction. This requires additional sensory abilities of the robots. Besides sensor systems that help the robots to structure their environment, like cameras, radar sensors, etc., a sensor system on the robot's surface is needed that is able(More)
By compiling macroscopic models we analyze the adaptive behavior in a swarm of autonomous robots generated by a bio-inspired, distributed control algorithm. We developed two macroscopic models by taking two different perspectives: A Stock & Flow model, which is simple to implement and fast to simulate, and a spatially resolved model based on diffusion(More)
— This paper presents a novel approach for haptic object recognition with an anthropomorphic robot hand. Firstly, passive degrees of freedom are introduced to the tactile sensor system of the robot hand. This allows the planar tactile sensor patches to optimally adjust themselves to the object's surface and to acquire additional sensor information for shape(More)
This article presents the approaches taken to integrate a novel anthropomorphic robot hand into a humanoid robot. The requisites enabling such a robot hand to use everyday objects in an environment built for humans are presented. Starting from a design that resembles the human hand regarding size and movability of the mechatronical system , a low-level(More)
— We present a comparative study of two spatially resolved macroscopic models of an autonomous robotic swarm. In previous experiments, the collective behavior of 15 autonomous swarm robots, driven by a simple bio-inspired control algorithm, was investigated: In two different environmental conditions, the ability of the robots to aggregate below a light(More)