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Distributed Autonomous Robotic Systems 8

pp 523-532

A Novel Marsupial Robot Society: Towards Long-Term Autonomy

  • Marek MatusiakAffiliated withFinnish Centre of Excellence in Generic Intelligent Machines Research, Department of Automation and Systems Technology, Helsinki University of Technology
  • , Janne PaanajärviAffiliated withFinnish Centre of Excellence in Generic Intelligent Machines Research, Department of Automation and Systems Technology, Helsinki University of Technology
  • , Pekka AppelqvistAffiliated withFinnish Centre of Excellence in Generic Intelligent Machines Research, Department of Automation and Systems Technology, Helsinki University of Technology
  • , Mikko ElomaaAffiliated withFinnish Centre of Excellence in Generic Intelligent Machines Research, Department of Automation and Systems Technology, Helsinki University of Technology
  • , Mika VainioAffiliated withFinnish Centre of Excellence in Generic Intelligent Machines Research, Department of Automation and Systems Technology, Helsinki University of Technology
  • , Tomi YlikorpiAffiliated withFinnish Centre of Excellence in Generic Intelligent Machines Research, Department of Automation and Systems Technology, Helsinki University of Technology
  • , Aarne HalmeAffiliated withFinnish Centre of Excellence in Generic Intelligent Machines Research, Department of Automation and Systems Technology, Helsinki University of Technology

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Abstract

Within this paper a novel marsupial multi-robot system intended for long-term operation, the Marsubot Society, is introduced. The Marsubot Society is a platform for robotics and multi-robot system algorithm development. In a system that needs to operate autonomously for extended periods of time, energy is of the essence. The challenges that lie in the energy economy are how to distribute and access energy and what the system can do with the resources. The multi-robot system’s capabilities and limitations are discussed. Results of preliminary tests are presented and ideas for future work introduced.