Towards a Real Micro Robotic Swarm
This paper introduces the I-SWARM project (Intelligent Small World Autonomous Robots for Micro-manipulation). This project aims at the development and production of a very large-scale artificial swarm (VLSAS) composed of several hundred micro-robots with a proposed size of 2× 2× 1 mm. This will be the first realisation of a swarm with such a large number of robots. The extremely small size of the robots will impose severe limitations on their sensory and computational capabilities which is to be compensated by collective behaviour and emerging swarm effects. This paper presents an overview over one faces in the realisation of such a swarm based on extremely miniaturised robots. Further a new concept for an on-board ego-positioning system is proposed and some initial concepts for simulation and task planning in such a VLSAS are presented.
KeywordsSwarm Intelligence Virtual Agent Robotic Swarm Robot Swarm Swarm Behaviour
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