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Architecting a Simulation and Development Environment for Multi-Robot Teams

Published

Author(s)

James S. Albus, Stephen B. Balakirsky, Elena R. Messina

Abstract

Collaborative multi-robot teams have great potential to add capabilities and minimize risk within the military domain. The composition of these teams may range from multiple copies of the same model to heterogeneous ground, air, and water vehicles operating in concert. The novel and extremely complex nature of these autonomous systems requires a large up-front investment in design, modeling, simulation, and experimentation. Myriad design decisions must be made regarding the control architecture and general information flow for commands and status exchanged between robots and humans and among robot teams. In addition, decisions must be made on how to best assemble and deploy these teams. To assist in making these design decisions, we are developing an integrated environment that we hope will greatly facilitate the design, development, and understanding of how to configure and use multi-robot teams for military applications and to accelerate the robots' deployment.
Proceedings Title
Proceedings of the International Workshop on Multi Robot Systems
Conference Dates
March 18-20, 2002
Conference Location
Washington, DC, USA
Conference Title
International Workshop on Multi Robot Systems

Keywords

4D/RCS, architectures, autonomous vehicles, simulation

Citation

Albus, J. , Balakirsky, S. and Messina, E. (2002), Architecting a Simulation and Development Environment for Multi-Robot Teams, Proceedings of the International Workshop on Multi Robot Systems, Washington, DC, USA, [online], https://tsapps.nist.gov/publication/get_pdf.cfm?pub_id=821686 (Accessed April 19, 2024)
Created March 19, 2002, Updated October 12, 2021