Bio-inspired construction with mobile robots and compliant pockets

In this paper, we develop an autonomous construction system in which self-contained ground robots build a protective barrier by means of compliant pockets. We present a stochastic control algorithm based on two biological mechanisms-stigmergy and templates-that takes advantage of compliant pockets for autonomous construction with single and multiple robots. The control algorithm guides the robot(s) to build the protective barrier without relying on a central planner, an external computer, or a motion capture system. We propose a statistical model to represent the structures built with the compliant pockets, and we provide a set of criteria for assessing the performance of the proposed system. To demonstrate the feasibility of the proposed system, real-robot and simulation experiments were carried out. The results show the viability of the proposed autonomous construction system.

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Soleymani, Touraj
Trianni, Vito
Bonani, Michael
Mondada, Francesco
Dorigo, Marco
North Holland, Amsterdam , Paesi Bassi
Robotics and autonomous systems (Print) (2015). doi:10.1016/j.robot.2015.07.018
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