Ant-inspired sorting by robots: the importance of initial clustering.

  title={Ant-inspired sorting by robots: the importance of initial clustering.},
  author={Chris Melhuish and Ana B. Sendova-Franks and Sam Scholes and Ian Horsfield and Fred Welsby},
  journal={Journal of the Royal Society, Interface},
  volume={3 7},
For engineers the prospect of scalable collective robot systems is very appealing. Such systems typically adopt a decentralized approach in their control and coordination mechanism, which employs local sensing and action as well as limited communication. Under these constraints and informed by research on Temnothorax ants, two puck sorting algorithms were tested in a combination of simulation and with real robots. Both algorithms employed puck density as a cue. Only the overall local density… CONTINUE READING
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