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The Year of CoCoRo Video #31/52: Combined scenario number one – base station arrival

August 4, 2015

cocoro_31The EU-funded Collective Cognitive Robotics (CoCoRo) project has built a swarm of 41 autonomous underwater vehicles (AVs) that show collective cognition. Throughout 2015 – The Year of CoCoRo – we’ll be uploading a new weekly video detailing the latest stage in its development. This week, in our “combined scenario #1,” the CoCoRo system as a whole enters the habitat.

Following this event, the only human intervention in the execution of the scenario ocurrs: a button pressed by a human operator sends a WLAN signal and the swarm is released. For this very important security measure, we purposely kept the human in the loop, because a robot swarm is just a tool that a human operator, who is responsible for it, can use to achieve or facilitate a certain task. After the release of the swarm, the Jeff robots sink to the base of the pool and begin their search for the metallic/magnetic target object. Meanwhile, the Lily robots swarm out to build the “relay chain” between the target spot and the surface station.

Thomas Schmickl
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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.

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