A Marsupial Relationship in Robotics: A Survey

  • Hamido Hourani
  • Philipp Wolters
  • Eckart Hauck
  • Sabina Jeschke
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7101)


The diversity of tasks and work locations shows the need for heterogeneity among robot team members, where each group of robots is designed to fulfil specific tasks and to work efficiently in particular locations. To facilitate the missions of these specific task robots, logistic services have to be provided. A so called “marsupial relationship” – referring to the biological relationship between marsupial animals such as Kangaroos - can be one of these logistic services. This paper organizes and discusses the state of the art of this field. Besides, a precise definition of the marsupial relationship, which distinguishes it from other physical relationships in robotics, is presented. Moreover, a new organization and a detailed description of the marsupial members and their roles are given in this paper.


Biological inspired robot Marsupial robot Physical cooperative Multi-agent 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hamido Hourani
    • 1
  • Philipp Wolters
    • 1
  • Eckart Hauck
    • 1
  • Sabina Jeschke
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute for Management Cybernetics (IfU)RWTH Aachen UniversityAachenGermany
  2. 2.Institute of Information Management in Mechanical Engineering and, Center for Learning and Knowledge Management (IMA-ZLW)RWTH Aachen UniversityAachenGermany

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