Toward the Development of a Material Transport System using Swarms of Ant-Like Robots

  title={Toward the Development of a Material Transport System using Swarms of Ant-Like Robots},
  author={Daniel J. Stilwell and John S. Bay},
A decentralized method is proposed for controlling a homogeneous 'swarm' of autonomous mobile robots that collectively transport a single palletized load The small tank-like robots have no advanced sensory or communications capabilities. They have no information on the position or number of other robots transporting the same pallet. Instead all information needed by the robots is derivedfvom the dynamics inherent when the system of robots is contacting a common rigid body. Each robot derives… CONTINUE READING
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