Robotic swarm dispersion using wireless intensity signals

Luke Ludwig, Maria L Gini

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Dispersing swarms of robots to cover an unknown, potentially hostile area is useful to setup a sensor network for surveillance. Previous research assumes relative locations (distance and bearing) of neighboring robots are available to each robot through sensors. Many robots are too small to carry sensors capable of providing this information. We use wireless signal intensity as a rough approximation of distance to assist a large swarm of small robots in dispersion. Simulation experiments indicate that a swarm can effectively disperse through the use of wireless signal intensities without knowing the relative locations of neighboring robots.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDistributed Autonomous Robotic Systems 7
PublisherSpringer Publishing Company
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)4431358781, 9784431358787
StatePublished - 2006
Event8th Symposium on Distributed Autonomous Robotic Systems, DARS 2008 - Minneapolis, St. Paul, MN, United States
Duration: Jul 12 2006Jul 14 2006

Publication series

NameDistributed Autonomous Robotic Systems 7


Other8th Symposium on Distributed Autonomous Robotic Systems, DARS 2008
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityMinneapolis, St. Paul, MN


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