Analysis of Spatially Limited Local Communication for Multi-Robot Foraging


This work presents a biologically inspired communication model for foraging swarms of cooperative mobile robots. In contrast to conventional, unrestricted local communication the exchange of messages is here spatially restricted to a nest-like area. The performance of the presented communication concept is evaluated using simulation and comparison to common forms of communication. An implementation on hardware robots allows to determine influences from the real world on the model. Results show that spatial limitation of communication to a single nest area can still speed up the performance of foraging swarms whereas further increasing the quantity of conventional local communication is less effective for the process of foraging.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFIRA 2009: Progress in Robotics
Number of pages10
Volume44 CCIS
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Publication date01.12.2009
ISBN (Print)978-3-642-03985-0
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-642-03986-7
Publication statusPublished - 01.12.2009
Event12th FIRA RoboWorld Congress on Progress in Robotics 2009
- Incheon, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 16.08.200920.08.2009
Conference number: 82334


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