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A swarm-based robot team coordination protocol for mine detection and unknown space discovery

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2 Author(s)
De Rango, F. ; D.E.I.S. Dept., Univ. of Calabria, Arcavacata di Rende, Italy ; Palmieri, N.

In this paper, we consider the problem of exploring an unknown environment with a team of robots to detect and disarm mines. The goal is to minimize the overall exploration time and to disarm all mines in a landscape. We present two approaches for the coordination of robots. An indirect communication, stigmergy, inspired to biology is used to help robots to cover the overall area in a minimum time. In this way the robot simultaneously explore different regions of their environment. Moreover, a new coordination protocol called Ant-based Task and Robot Coordination (ATRC) is proposed to recruit robots and disarm mines in a minimum amount of time. This approach has been implemented and tested extensively in a simulation environment. The results showed the best convergence time of proposal in term of space discovery in comparison with a well-known algorithm such as the Vertex Ant Walk (VAW). Moreover the effectiveness of proposed protocol is evaluated varying network parameters in the simulation.

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Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing Conference (IWCMC), 2012 8th International

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27-31 Aug. 2012