Flocking and Rendezvous in Distributed Robotics

  • Bruce A. Francis
  • Manfredi Maggiore

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Electrical and Computer Engineering book series (BRIEFSELECTRIC)

Also part of the SpringerBriefs in Control, Automation and Robotics book sub series (BRIEFSCONTROL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Bruce A. Francis, Manfredi Maggiore
    Pages 1-6
  3. Bruce A. Francis, Manfredi Maggiore
    Pages 7-23
  4. Bruce A. Francis, Manfredi Maggiore
    Pages 25-33
  5. Bruce A. Francis, Manfredi Maggiore
    Pages 35-56
  6. Bruce A. Francis, Manfredi Maggiore
    Pages 57-68
  7. Bruce A. Francis, Manfredi Maggiore
    Pages 69-94
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 95-105

About this book


This brief describes the coordinated control of groups of robots using only sensory input – and no direct external commands. Furthermore, each robot employs the same local strategy, i.e., there are no leaders, and the text also deals with decentralized control, allowing for cases in which no single robot can sense all the others.

One can get intuition for the problem from the natural world, for example, flocking birds.

How do they achieve and maintain their flying formation?

Recognizing their importance as the most basic coordination tasks for mobile robot networks, the brief details flocking and rendezvous. They are shown to be physical illustrations of emergent behaviors with global consensus arising from local interactions. The authors extend the consideration of these fundamental ideas to describe their operation in flying robots and prompt readers to pursue further research in the field. 

Flocking and Rendezvous in Distributed Robotics will provide graduate students a firm grounding in the subject, while also offering an authoritative reference work for more experienced workers seeking a brief but thorough treatment of an area that has rapidly gained in interest.


Autonomous Robots Distributed Robotics Flying Robots Mobile Robots Robot Control Robot Flocking Rendezvous Problem

Authors and affiliations

  • Bruce A. Francis
    • 1
  • Manfredi Maggiore
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. of Electrical and Computer En.University of TorontoTORONTOCanada
  2. 2.Dept. of Electrical & Computer Eng.University of TorontoTorontoCanada

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Engineering Engineering (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-24727-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-24729-8
  • Series Print ISSN 2191-8112
  • Series Online ISSN 2191-8120
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