InterJournal Complex Systems, 1333
Status: Accepted
Manuscript Number: [1333]
Submission Date: 2004
A Distributed Bidding Algorithm for Multi-robot Exploration with Safety Concerns
Author(s): Weihua Sheng ,Qingyan Yang ,Ning Xi ,Jindong Tan

Subject(s): CX.6

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Abstract:

This paper proposes a totally distributed bidding model for a typical multi-robot application, the exploration of unknown environment. Based on this bidding model, the robot safety concept is introduced. Its impact on the behavior and the efficiency of a multi-robot team is investigated. The algorithm aims to maximize the exploration efficiency and reduce the risk of the exploration. We also investigate the exploration efficiency by assigning different risk tolerances to each individual robots. The safety concept can be extended to model other constraints in multi-robot missions. Simulation results demonstrate the effectiveness of the algorithm.

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