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Individual robots have accomplished many impressive feats. However, certain tasks are much better suited for a team of robots. The use of multiple robots enables the team to divide the task space into regions and commence the task simultaneously in each region of the space (e.g., consider the case of multiple robotic lawn mowers simultaneously cutting grass over a large patch of land). The presence of multiple robots in a team makes it easier to recover from failures. The failure of a highly capable robot doing a task by itself leads to the mission being aborted. However, the failure of a robot in a team often means that the team can continue with the mission.