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Optical networking in a swarm of microrobots

: Corradi, P.; Schmickl, T.; Scholz, O.; Menciassi, A.; Dario, P.


Cheng, M.:
Nano-net, third International ICST Conference, NanoNet 2008. Revised selected papers : Boston, MA, USA, September 14-16, 2008
Berlin: Springer, 2009 (Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering 3)
ISBN: 3-642-02426-2
ISBN: 978-3-642-02426-9
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer IBMT ()

Swarm Microrobotics aims to apply Swarm Intelligence algorithms and strategies to a large number of fabricated miniaturized autonomous or semi-autonomous agents, allowing collective, decentralized and self-organizing behaviors of the robots. The ability to establish basic information networking is fundamental in such swarm systems, where inter-robot communication is the base of emergent behaviors. Optical communication represents so far probably the only feasible and suitable solution for the constraints and requirements imposed by the development of a microrobotic swarm. This paper introduces a miniaturized optical communication module for millimeter-sized autonomous robots and presents a computer-simulated demonstration of its basic working principle to exploit bio-inspired swarm strategies.