Collective transport of complex objects by simple robots: theory and experiments

@inproceedings{Rubenstein2013CollectiveTO,
  title={Collective transport of complex objects by simple robots: theory and experiments},
  author={Michael Rubenstein and Adrian Cabrera and Justin Werfel and Golnaz Habibi and James McLurkin and Radhika Nagpal},
  booktitle={AAMAS},
  year={2013}
}
Ants show an incredible ability to collectively transport complex irregular-shaped objects with seemingly simple coordination. Achieving similarly effective collective transport with robots has potential applications in many settings, from agriculture to construction to disaster relief. In this paper we investigate a simple decentralized strategy for collective transport in which each agent acts independently without explicit coordination. Using a physics-based model, we prove that this… CONTINUE READING
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