A Novel Marsupial Robot Society: Towards Long-Term Autonomy

  • Marek Matusiak
  • Janne Paanajärvi
  • Pekka Appelqvist
  • Mikko Elomaa
  • Mika Vainio
  • Tomi Ylikorpi
  • Aarne Halme

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.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marek Matusiak
    • 1
  • Janne Paanajärvi
    • 1
  • Pekka Appelqvist
    • 1
  • Mikko Elomaa
    • 1
  • Mika Vainio
    • 1
  • Tomi Ylikorpi
    • 1
  • Aarne Halme
    • 1
  1. 1.Finnish Centre of Excellence in Generic Intelligent Machines Research, Department of Automation and Systems TechnologyHelsinki University of TechnologyFinland

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