Flocking small smart machines: An experiment in cooperative, multi-machine control

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The intent and purpose of this work was to investigate and demonstrate cooperative behavior among a group of mobile robot machines. The specific goal of this work was to build a small swarm of identical machines and control them in such a way as to show a coordinated movement of the group in a flocking manner, similar to that observed in nature. Control of the swarm`s individual members and its overall configuration is available to the human user via a graphic man-machine interface running on a base station control computer. Any robot may be designated as the nominal leader through ... continued below

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Klarer, P. R. March 1998.

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    Publisher Info: Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (United States)
    Place of Publication: Albuquerque, New Mexico

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The intent and purpose of this work was to investigate and demonstrate cooperative behavior among a group of mobile robot machines. The specific goal of this work was to build a small swarm of identical machines and control them in such a way as to show a coordinated movement of the group in a flocking manner, similar to that observed in nature. Control of the swarm`s individual members and its overall configuration is available to the human user via a graphic man-machine interface running on a base station control computer. Any robot may be designated as the nominal leader through the interface tool, which then may be commanded to proceed to a particular geographic destination. The remainder of the flock follows the leader by maintaining their relative positions in formation, as specified by the human controller through the interface. The formation`s configuration can be altered manually through an interactive graphic-based tool. An alternative mode of control allows for teleoperation of one robot, with the flock following along as described above.

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INIS; OSTI as DE98002822

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  • Other Information: PBD: Mar 1998

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  • Other: DE98002822
  • Report No.: SAND--98-0502
  • Grant Number: AC04-94AL85000
  • DOI: 10.2172/573344 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 573344
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc691534

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Klarer, P. R. Flocking small smart machines: An experiment in cooperative, multi-machine control, report, March 1998; Albuquerque, New Mexico. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc691534/: accessed June 24, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.