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The Year of CoCoRo Video #42/52: Murky waters

October 20, 2015

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The 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 CooRo – we’ll be uploading a new weekly video detailing the latest stage in its development. This week’s video shows a collection of algorithms and communication channels that we explored to coordinate robots in murky, turbid waters.

 

The individual algorithms have already been demonstrated in larger settings on Lily and/or Jeff robots in the Year of CoCoRo. However, in this compilation, we show how well the algorithms work in very murky waters by pouring milk into the pool. Yes, milk. We think these were the first milk-swarm-robotic experiments in the world! But we’re not sure – there are other crazy people out there, so you never can tell  :-)

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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