Swarm robotics in wireless distributed protocol design for coordinating robots involved in cooperative tasks

De Rango, Floriano, Palmieri, Nunzia, Yang, Xin-She ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8231-5556 and Marano, Salvatore (2018) Swarm robotics in wireless distributed protocol design for coordinating robots involved in cooperative tasks. Soft Computing, 22 (13) . pp. 4251-4266. ISSN 1432-7643 [Article] (doi:10.1007/s00500-017-2819-9)

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The mine detection in an unexplored area is an optimization problem where multiple mines, randomly distributed throughout an area, need to be discovered and disarmed in a minimum amount of time. We propose a strategy to explore an unknown area, using a stigmergy approach based on ants behavior, and a novel swarm based protocol to recruit and coordinate robots for disarming the mines cooperatively. Simulation tests are presented to show the effectiveness of our proposed Ant-based Task Robot Coordination (ATRC) with only the exploration task and with both exploration and recruiting strategies. Multiple minimization objectives have been considered: the robots' recruiting time and the overall area exploration time. We discuss, through simulation, different cases under different network and field conditions, performed by the robots. The results have shown that the proposed decentralized approaches enable the swarm of robots to perform cooperative tasks intelligently without any central control.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Design Engineering and Mathematics
Item ID: 22552
Notes on copyright: This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in Soft Computing. The final authenticated version is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00500-017-2819-9
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Depositing User: Xin-She Yang
Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2017 15:43
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2022 19:49
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/22552

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