| New reactive behaviors that implement formations in multi-robot teams are presented and evaluated. The formation behaviors are integrated with other navi-gational behaviors to enable a robotic team to reach nav-igational goals, avoid hazards and simultaneously remain in formation. The behaviors are implemented in simulation , on robots in the laboratory… (More)
This paper provides the motivation and philosophy underlying the design of an ethical control and reasoning system potentially suitable for constraining lethal actions in an autonomous robotic system, so that its behavior will fall within the bounds prescribed by the Laws of War and Rules of Engagement. This research, funded by the U.S. Army Research… (More)
Multiple cooperating robots are able to complete many tasks more quickly and reliably than one robot alone. Communication between the robots can multiply their capabilities and eeectiveness, but to what extent? In this research, the importance of communication in robotic societies is investigated through experiments on both simulated and real robots.… (More)
Motor schema are proposed a.s a basic unit. of behavior specification for the naviga.tion of a. nlobile rohot,. These are multiple concurrent processes whicll operat,e in conjt~nction wit,ll associated perceptua.1 schernas and COII-t.ribut,e independent,ly t,o the overall concerted act,ion of the vehicle. The motivabion behind tire use of schemas for this… (More)
This paper presents the role of ethological and emotional models as the basis for an architecture in support of entertainment robotic systems. Specific examples for Sony's AIBO are presented as well as extensions related to a new humanoid robot, SDR.
— New reactive behaviors that implement formations in multirobot teams are presented and evaluated. The formation behaviors are integrated with other navigational behaviors to enable a robotic team to reach navigational goals, avoid hazards and simultaneously remain in formation. The behaviors are implemented in simulation, on robots in the laboratory and… (More)
The illusion that reactive and hierarchical planning methods are at odds with each other needs to be dropped. By exploiting each method's strengths, a synthesis of hierarchical and reactive paradigms can yield robust, exible, and generalizable navigation. Psychological and neurosci-entiic studies support this claim.