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The Year of CoCoRo Video #17/52: Lily confinement by bluelight

April 30, 2015

CoCoRo-17

The EU-funded Collective Cognitive Robotics (CoCoRo) project has built a swarm of 41 autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) that show collective cognition. Throughout 2015 – The Year of CoCoRo – we will be uploading a new weekly video detailing the latest stage in its development. In this video we use blue-light blinks to keep the swarm together and to keep it in vicinity of the moving base station.

Due to this “confinement”, the radio-controlled base-station can pull a whole swarm of Lily robots like a tail behind itself. It is important to confine the robots into specific areas in larger water bodies because the swarm requires normally a minimum connectivity among agents to work efficiently, which is achieved only with a critical minimum swarm density. Without keeping the robots in a controlled area, robots could get lost and the robot density could fall below the critical density. Thus, confinement was identified to be a critical functionality.

To learn more about the project, see this introductory post, or check out all the videos from the Year of CoCoRo on Robohub.

 

Thomas Schmickl is an Associate Professor at Karl-Franzens University, Graz, Austria, and a lecturer at the University for Applied Sciences in St. Pölten, Austria. .. read more


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