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The Pattern Formation Problem for Autonomous Mobile Robots Preface

By Ichiro Suzuki


Given today’s technological advances and decreasing manufacturing cost, mobile robots are expected to be utilized in the near future in a wide range of applications to assist humans, in places like factories, hospitals, museums and households. Since roughly speaking a robot, just like a computer, is hardware (wheels, motors, manipulators, sensors, etc.) controlled by software, a useful robot must have hardware capable of performing the required physical actions and software capable of analyzing the sensor output and determining a good course of action for achieving the given goal efficiently in a given (possibly unknown) environment. Consequently, there are two general aspects of robotics research, one on hardware and one on software. In this note we focus on the latter, and give a brief overview of a research topic in mobile robot algorithm design that has received considerable attention in recent years — formation of geometric patterns by autonomous mobile robots under distributed control. Motion coordination and self-organization of mobile robots under distributed control have been a common research area in automatic control, robotics and computer science. Engineering motivations for investigating self-organization arise in designing algorithms fo

Year: 2009
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