An Experiment in Mobile Robotic Cooperation

by Lynne E. Parker, MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab, Cambridge, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Robotics for Challenging Environments


This paper describes the results of an experiment in real mobile robot cooperation which utilizes a fully distributed, cooperative software mechanism we have previously developed in simulation. This experiment - an artificial toxic waste cleanup mission - illustrates the ability of our software architecture to create robust and reliable teams of cooperative mobile robots that are able to function in dynamic, changing environments. By demonstrating this ability, we bring the goal of applying robots to real applications in challenging environments closer to realization.

Subject Headings: Robotics | Team building | Waste sites | Waste treatment | Architecture | Computer software | Control systems | Hazardous wastes

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