Self-organisation of Spatial Behaviour in a Kilobot Swarm

Calum Imrie, J. Michael Herrmann

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Applications of robotic swarms often face limitations in sensing and motor capabilities. We aim at providing evidence that the modest equipment of the individual robots can be compensated by the interaction within the swarm. If the robots, such as the well-known Kilobots, have no sense of place or directionality, their collective behaviour can still result in meaningful spatial organisation. We show that a variety of patterns can be formed based on a reaction-diffusion system and that these patters can be used by the robots to solve spatial tasks. In this contribution, we present first results for applications of this approach based on `physically realistic' Kilobot simulations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBiomimetic and Biohybrid Systems
Subtitle of host publication6th International Conference, Living Machines 2017, Stanford, CA, USA, July 26--28, 2017, Proceedings
EditorsMichael Mangan, Mark Cutkosky, Anna Mura, Paul F.M.J. Verschure, Tony Prescott, Nathan Lepora
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-63537-8
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-63536-1
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jun 2017
EventThe 6th International Conference on Biomimetic and Biohybrid Systems - Stanford University, Stanford, United States
Duration: 25 Jul 201728 Jul 2017

Publication series

Name Lecture Notes in Computer Science
PublisherSpringer, Cham
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


ConferenceThe 6th International Conference on Biomimetic and Biohybrid Systems
Abbreviated titleLiving Machines 2017
CountryUnited States
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