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Collaborative Agents
Contact: Thomas Gordon
Mailing address:
National Robotics Engineering Center
10 40th Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
Associated center(s) / consortia:
 National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC)
Associated lab(s) / group(s):
 Advanced Mechatronics Lab
This page last updated - June 2010.
Overview
Research on collaborative agents has been dramatically increased within the past decade. Why many people are interested in this area? If you cannot imagine how the collaboration be useful, let's think about ant colony. Each ant has little capability, but when many of them working together, they can do an incredible task such as move a very heavy object. Similarly, if we can arrange several robots to perform some tasks cooperatively, we will achieve the goal more efficiently. But how? This is our research area.

CyberRave is built to support the robot collaboration framework. With CyberRave, each robot can easily communicate with each other. Human can input the command from remote terminal, then the robot do the task and show the result back to the human. Seems easy? Not really. Many problem arise from this operation which can be classify as below; (all of this are our research topic)

1.Task Decomposition - How can we divided a task and assign to each robot?

2.Resource Management - How can the robots share the limited sources?

3.Synchronization - How can we make the robot do thing at the right time?