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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Automatic Programming for Swarm Robotics

Interesting thoughts, how do you give multiple robots cooperative goals?

An automated programming method previously used in manufacturing could make swarm robots more user-friendly and more reliable.

Researchers at the University of Sheffield have used the supervisory control theory for the first time with a swarm of robots. The team reports the novel method reduces the need for human input and therefore error.

The group used a graphical tool to define tasks for up to 600 robots, and then a machine automatically programmed and translated this to the robots. The program uses a form of linguistics, comparable to using the alphabet in the English language, and the robots use their own alphabet to construct words related to what they perceive and actions they choose to perform. ...  " 

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