Collective Energy Distribution: Maintaining the Energy Balance in Distributed Autonomous Robots using Trophallaxis

  • Chris Melhuish
  • Masao Kubo


Truly autonomous robots, either as single units or in groups will be required to generate and manage their own energy. This paper explores the idea of robot ‘trophallaxis’ whereby one robot can donate an amount of its own internal energy reserve to another. Different strategies for energy transfer are considered within the test simulation scenario of a dust cleaning task. Successful strategies are shown to confer benefits including survivability, task performance and offer the potential to inform design parameters of the storage media.


Microbial Fuel Cell Autonomous Robot Multiple Robot Suction Pump Single Robot 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chris Melhuish
    • 1
  • Masao Kubo
    • 2
  1. 1.IAS lab.University of the West of EnglandUK
  2. 2.National Defense Academy, and IAS lab.University of the West of EnglandUK

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