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Adaptive collective decision-making in limited robot swarms without communication

 
: Kernbach, Serge; Häbe, Dagmar; Kernbach, Olga; Thenius, Ronald; Radspieler, Gerald; Kimura, Toshifumi; Schmickl, Thomas

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The International Journal of Robotics Research 32 (2013), Nr.1, S.35-55
ISSN: 0278-3649
European Commission EC
FP6-IST; 507006; I-SWARM
European Commission EC
FP7-ICT; 216342; SYMBRION
European Commission EC
FP7-ICT; 216240; REPLICATOR
Fonds zur Förderung der Wissenschaftlichen Forschung FWF
P19478-B16
Fonds zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung FWF
P23943-N13
Englisch
Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Fraunhofer IAO ()

Abstract
In this work we investigate spatial collective decision-making in a swarm of microrobots, inspired by the thermotactic aggregation behavior of honeybees. The sensing and navigation capabilities of these robots are intentionally limited; no digital sensor data processing and no direct communication are allowed. In this way, we can approximate the features of smaller mesoscopic-scale systems and demonstrate that even such a limited swarm is nonetheless able to exhibit simple forms of intelligent and adaptive collective behavior.

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