An analysis of cooperative repair capabilities in a team of robots

Curt Bererton and Pradeep Khosla
Proceedings of the 2002 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA '02), May, 2002, pp. 476 - 482.


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Abstract
To date, very little work has investigated the benefits of repairable robots. Robots that can repair themselves and other robots in their team are intuitively a superior design. Intuition, however, is not an acceptable basis for spending millions of dollars in development. In this work, we quantify the gain in productivity of a team of repairable robots compared to a team without repair capabilities. We create a model using an extension of standard reliability theory. It allows the definition of a metric which is used to compare the two teams. The analysis yields insight into the design of repairable robot teams under a certain set of assumptions. The model also demonstrates scenarios where repair capabilities are not likely to be beneficial.

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Number of pages: 7

Text Reference
Curt Bererton and Pradeep Khosla, "An analysis of cooperative repair capabilities in a team of robots," Proceedings of the 2002 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA '02), May, 2002, pp. 476 - 482.

BibTeX Reference
@inproceedings{Bererton_2002_5667,
   author = "Curt Bererton and Pradeep Khosla",
   title = "An analysis of cooperative repair capabilities in a team of robots",
   booktitle = "Proceedings of the 2002 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA '02)",
   pages = "476 - 482",
   month = "May",
   year = "2002",
   volume = "1",
}