Behavioral Algorithms for Robots Operating in Groups and Planning and Management Algorithms for Robot Groups
This research is being conducted using groups of wheeled robots. The Mobile Robotics Laboratory has more than 20 wheeled robots with various capabilities; these provide an excellent platform for testing and verifying created solutions. The robots have been designed to allow programming in high-level languages, enabling the verification of new solutions without unnecessary delays.
The research work on mobile robot groups is focused on two aspects:
behavioral algorithms for robots that operate in groups;
planning and management algorithms for robot groups.
The developed behavioral algorithms enable collision avoidance without explicit communication among the robots. Additionally, a simple fully autonomous algorithm allows for solving complex coordination problems, such as deadlock resolution in passages or robot-group encounters. The algorithms that have been developed in the laboratory have yielded better results than the solutions of similar problems that are currently published in the international literature.
Planning problems for groups have been investigated for many years in the Department of Computer Science. Planning for robot groups is one of the use cases for abstract methods that can be tested in real-world scenarios using a laboratory. The developed methods have produced excellent results and are continually evolving.
keywords: behavioral algorithms, planning algorithms, management algorithms