Flocking in Stationary and Non-stationary Environments: A Novel Communication Strategy for Heading Alignment

  • Eliseo Ferrante
  • Ali Emre Turgut
  • Nithin Mathews
  • Mauro Birattari
  • Marco Dorigo
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6239)


We propose a novel communication strategy inspired by explicit signaling mechanisms seen in vertebrates, in order to improve performance of self-organized flocking for a swarm of mobile robots. The communication strategy is used to make the robots match each other’s headings. The task of the robots is to coordinately move towards a common goal direction, which might stay fixed or change over time.

We perform simulation-based experiments in which we evaluate the accuracy of flocking with respect to a given goal direction. In our settings, only some of the robots are informed about the goal direction. Experiments are conducted in stationary and non-stationary environments. In the stationary environment, the goal direction and the informed robots do not change during the experiment. In the non-stationary environment, the goal direction and the informed robots are changed over time. In both environments, the proposed strategy scales well with respect to the swarm size and is robust with respect to noise.


Mobile Robot Communication Strategy Swarm Intelligence Real Robot Swarm Size 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eliseo Ferrante
    • 1
  • Ali Emre Turgut
    • 1
  • Nithin Mathews
    • 1
  • Mauro Birattari
    • 1
  • Marco Dorigo
    • 1
  1. 1.IRIDIA, CoDE, Université Libre de BruxellesBrusselsBelgium

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