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Colonies of Taskable Machines

Since each taskable machine has limited scope, achieving flexibility and sophisticated capability requires groups, or colonies, of taskable machines [2,11]. In other words, future task-solving robotic systems will be made up of colonies of taskable machines that collectively achieve a wide range of tasks. Other motivations for robot colonies include:

Historically, implementation of robotic colonies may have been viewed as strictly more difficult than implementation of a single robot. However, restricting robotic colonies to be composed of simpler application-specific robots can compensate for the added complexity of coordination. [16] gives example application domains. In recent years, works such as [31,35] have established frameworks for task decomposition and control in multiple-robot systems. Several of these have been implemented using real robots (see [13] for a detailed survey).

Yu Uny Cao
Fri May 12 16:04:55 PDT 1995