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Swarm potential fields with internal agent states and collective behaviour

Mabrouk, Mohamed M. and McInnes, C.R. (2007) Swarm potential fields with internal agent states and collective behaviour. In: Proceedings of the 10th British Conference on Mobile Robotics, Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems Conference, TAROS2007. Elsevier Science, pp. 90-96.

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    Abstract

    Swarm robotics is a new and promising approach to the design and control of multi-agent robotic systems. In this paper we use a model for a system of self-propelled agents interacting via pairwise attractive and repulsive potentials. We develop a new potential field method using dynamic agent internal states, allowing the swarm agents' internal states to manipulate the potential field. This new method successfully solves a reactive path planning problem that cannot be solved using static potential fields due to local minima formation. Simulation results demonstrate the ability of a swarm of agents that use the model to perform reactive problem solving effectively using the collective behaviour of the entire swarm in a way that matches studies based on real animal group behaviour.

    Item type: Book Section
    ID code: 7835
    Keywords: swarm potential fields, robotics, swarm robotics, internal agent states, collective behaviour, Mechanical engineering and machinery, Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics
    Subjects: Technology > Mechanical engineering and machinery
    Technology > Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics
    Department: Faculty of Engineering > Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
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    Depositing user: Strathprints Administrator
    Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2009 16:39
    Last modified: 02 Jun 2012 10:36
    URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/7835

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