The Wanda Robot and Its Development System for Swarm Algorithms

Abstract

We introduce a new development system for swarm algorithms to be used in research and education, composed of a swarm of Wanda miniature robots, a beamer assisted arena for robot experiments and a new framework for the accurate simulation of robotic swarms. The Wanda robot is easy manufacturable and was especially designed to be used as a swarm robot. It is accurately implemented in the new simulation framework which provides powerful methods for the efficient and exact simulation of sensor data for all kinds of vision based sensors, such as rgbsensors, camera sensors, infrared communication and ranging sensors by utilizing graphics hardware. Utilizing the behavior based controller language MDL2ε which is implemented on the real robot and in the simulation, the complete system aims to allow for a quick and easy development, testing and demonstration of swarm algorithms.

Keywords

Graphic Hardware Swarm Algorithm Scene Graph Evolutionary Robotic Robotic Swarm 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alexander Kettler
    • 1
  • Marc Szymanski
    • 1
  • Heinz Wörn
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Process Control and RoboticsKarlsruhe Institute of TechnologyKarlsruheGermany

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