J. de Hoog
- Selection of rendezvous points for multi-robot exploration in dynamic environments
- Agents in Real-time and Dynamic Environments @ AAMAS 2010
- Book/source title
- Proceedings of the AAMAS 2010 Workshop on Agents in Real-time and Dynamic Environments: held on May 10th, 2010 in conjunction with the ninth International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multi Agent Systems, Toronto, Canada
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- Conference contribution
- Faculty of Science (FNWI)
- Informatics Institute (IVI)
For many robotics applications (such as robotic search and rescue), information about the environment must be gathered by a team of robots and returned to a single, specific location. Coordination of robots and sharing of information is vital, and when environments have severe communication limitations, approaches must be robust to communication drop-out and failure. The difficulties are compounded in dynamic environments, where paths previously believed to be free can suddenly become blocked.
In this paper, we introduce a novel way of calculating rendezvous points for robots to meet and share information. Using role-based exploration, some robots continuously explore the environment while others ferry information back and forth to a central command centre. Optimal rendezvous point selection leads to more efficient exploration, and allows robots to replan when one of them has unexpected obstacles in its path.
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