Swarm Robotics: From Sources of Inspiration to Domains of Application

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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3342)


Swarm robotics is a novel approach to the coordination of large numbers of relatively simple robots which takes its inspiration from social insects. This paper proposes a definition to this newly emerging approach by 1) describing the desirable properties of swarm robotic systems, as observed in the system-level functioning of social insects, 2) proposing a definition for the term swarm robotics, and putting forward a set of criteria that can be used to distinguish swarm robotics research from other multi-robot studies, 3) providing a review of some studies which can act as sources of inspiration, and a list of promising domains for the utilization of swarm robotic systems.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.KOVAN – Dept. of Computer Eng.Middle East Technical UniversityAnkaraTurkey

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