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Swarm Robotics: A Formal Approach


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Heiko Hamann
    Pages 1-32
  3. Heiko Hamann
    Pages 33-55
  4. Heiko Hamann
    Pages 57-64
  5. Heiko Hamann
    Pages 65-93
  6. Heiko Hamann
    Pages 129-162
  7. Heiko Hamann
    Pages 163-177
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 179-210

About this book


This book provides an introduction to Swarm Robotics, which is the application of methods from swarm intelligence to robotics. It goes on to present methods that allow readers to understand how to design large-scale robot systems by going through many example scenarios on topics such as aggregation, coordinated motion (flocking), task allocation, self-assembly, collective construction, and environmental monitoring. The author explains the methodology behind building multiple, simple robots and how the complexity emerges from the multiple interactions between these robots such that they are able to solve difficult tasks. The book can be used as a short textbook for specialized courses or as an introduction to Swarm Robotics for graduate students, researchers, and professionals who want a concise introduction to the field.

  • Provides a quick introduction to the robotics aspect of swarm intelligence;
  • Outlines how swarm robotics is relevant as a key technology in robotics, transport, and medicine (nanorobotics), with many references to real world examples and popular literature;
  • Allows readers to acquire the fundamentals of how to design and model a swarm robotic system, including relevant mathematical definitions and tools.

"Given the increasing number of sophisticated robots sharing our lives, 
the study of how large number of robots, so-called robot swarms, 
interact among themselves and with fellow humans to organize their 
activities and perform ever more complex tasks is becoming of paramount 
importance. With this book on swarm robotics, Heiko Hamann gives an 
important contribution to the foundations of this exciting research field."

Prof. Marco Dorigo, Ph.D.
Directeur de Recherches du FNRS
Université libre de Bruxelles


Computational complexity Self-assembly Self-coordinating robots Swarm intelligence Swarm robotics

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Computer EngineeringUniversity of LübeckLübeckGermany

About the authors

Heiko Hamann is Professor for Service Robotics at the University of Lübeck, Germany . His research focus is on swarm robotics, swarm intelligence, and evolutionary robotics. He is developing innovative methods to govern the ever-increasing complexity of engineered systems using novel applications of tools from physics, mathematics, chemistry, and biology. He has taught courses on swarm robotics, mobile robotics, and evolutionary robotics for more than five years. With more than 80 peer-reviewed publications at international conferences and international journals he is a well-recognized researcher in swarm robotics and related fields. He is the author of Space-Time Continuous Models of Swarm Robotic Systems (Springer, 2010), a frequently cited book on modeling systems of swarm robots. As coordinator and member of large European-funded research projects he worked on swarm robotics, modular robotics, and bio-hybrid systems.

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