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Interference as a Tool for Designing and Evaluating Multi-Robot Controllers

By Dani Goldberg and Maja J Matari&apos

Abstract

Designing and implementing cooperative group behaviors for robots is considered something of a black art involving an extensive amount of reprogramming and parameter adjustment. What seems to be lacking is a pragmatic, practical, general-purpose tool that would both guide the design and structure the evaluation of controllers for distributed real-world multi-robot tasks. In this paper, we propose the use of interference between robots as one such simple tool for designing and evaluating multi-robot controllers. We explore how key issues in multi-robot control can be addressed using interference, a directly measurable property of a multi-robot system. We discuss how behavior arbitration schemes, i.e., the choice of controllers, can be made and adjusted using interference. As an experimental example, we demonstrate three different implementations of a collection clean-up (foraging) task using four physical mobile robots, and present analyses of the experimental data gathered from trials ..

Publisher: AAAI Press
Year: 1997
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