Robust Multirobot Coordination in Dynamic Environments

M Bernardine Dias, Marc B. Zinck, Robert Michael Zlot, and Anthony (Tony) Stentz
IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, April, 2004, pp. 3435 - 3442.


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Abstract
Robustness is crucial for any robot team, especially when operating in dynamic environments. The physicality of robotic systems and their interactions with the environment make them highly prone to malfunctions of many kinds. Three principal categories in the possible space of robot malfunctions are communication failures, partial failure of robot resources necessary for task execution (or partial robot malfunction), and complete robot failure (or robot death). This paper addresses these three categories and explores means by which the TraderBots approach ensures robustness and promotes graceful degradation in team performance when faced with malfunctions.

Keywords
multirobot coordination, robustness, dynamic environments, communication failures, partial malfunctions, robot death, market-based

Notes
Sponsor: DARPA and NASA
Associated Center(s) / Consortia: Field Robotics Center
Number of pages: 8

Text Reference
M Bernardine Dias, Marc B. Zinck, Robert Michael Zlot, and Anthony (Tony) Stentz, "Robust Multirobot Coordination in Dynamic Environments," IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, April, 2004, pp. 3435 - 3442.

BibTeX Reference
@inproceedings{Dias_2004_4745,
   author = "M Bernardine Dias and Marc B Zinck and Robert Michael Zlot and Anthony (Tony) Stentz",
   title = "Robust Multirobot Coordination in Dynamic Environments",
   booktitle = "IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation",
   pages = "3435 - 3442",
   month = "April",
   year = "2004",
   volume = "4",
}