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MRoCS : a new multi-robot communication system based on passive action recognition

Das, Barnali and Couceiro, Micael S. and Vargas, Patricia A. (2016) MRoCS : a new multi-robot communication system based on passive action recognition. Robotics and Autonomous Systems, 82. pp. 46-60. ISSN 0921-8890

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Multi-robot search-and-rescue missions often face major challenges in adverse environments due to the limitations of traditional implicit and explicit communication. This paper proposes a novel multi-robot communication system (MRoCS), which uses a passive action recognition technique that overcomes the shortcomings of traditional models. The proposed MRoCS relies on individual motion, by mimicking the waggle dance of honey bees and thus forming and recognising different patterns accordingly. The system was successfully designed and implemented in simulation and with real robots. Experimental results show that, the pattern recognition process successfully reported high sensitivity with good precision in all cases for three different patterns thus corroborating our hypothesis.