Autonomous Robots

, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp 7–27

Cooperative Mobile Robotics: Antecedents and Directions


  • Y. Uny Cao
    • Computer Science DepartmentUniversity of California
  • Alex S. Fukunaga
    • Jet Propulsion LaboratoryCalifornia Institute of Technology
  • Andrew Kahng
    • Computer Science DepartmentUniversity of California

DOI: 10.1023/A:1008855018923

Cite this article as:
Cao, Y.U., Fukunaga, A.S. & Kahng, A. Autonomous Robots (1997) 4: 7. doi:10.1023/A:1008855018923


There has been increased research interest in systems composed of multiple autonomous mobile robots exhibiting cooperative behavior. Groups of mobile robots are constructed, with an aim to studying such issues as group architecture, resource conflict, origin of cooperation, learning, and geometric problems. As yet, few applications of cooperative robotics have been reported, and supporting theory is still in its formative stages. In this paper, we give a critical survey of existing works and discuss open problems in this field, emphasizing the various theoretical issues that arise in the study of cooperative robotics. We describe the intellectual heritages that have guided early research, as well as possible additions to the set of existing motivations.

cooperative roboticsswarm intelligencedistributed roboticsartificial intelligencemobile robotsmultiagent systems

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