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Knowledge environment for Interacting ROBOt SWARMs

Objective

The general objective of the project is to develop an open knowledge environment for self-configurable, low cost and robust robot swarms useable in everyday applications. Advances in the state-of-the-art of networked robotics are proposed through introduction of a local and global knowledge base for ad hoc communication within a low-cost swarm of autonomous robots operating in the surrounding smart IT infrastructure.

The work will address the development of flexible, cost-effective, dependable, and user-driven robot swarm, which possesses a higher intelligence collectively than each member of the swarm independently. Demonstration of the proposed approach will be made by means of self-organizing robot swarm (composed of 10-15 devices) carrying out a cleaning task in a emulated hospital environment, which is chosen as an application test-bed.

In particular, the project validates the self-organizing task-sharing exercise between individual members of the swarm to capitalize on the availability of a larger number of simple and cost-efficient robots. Reuse of the local and global level knowledge is pursued by creating on-site (near to objects of interest) distributed data environment, developing a universal inter-robot communication, database access language, and a global robot database solution for knowledge reuse. System is kept scalable and manageable by decentralization of control and manipulation to local level.

The proposed system will allow simple robots to:

1. Communicate on a large scale to divide individual tasks for increasing the functionality of the swarm (scalability);
2. Learn from the experience of individual swarm members via the global and/or local knowledge base, which brings together the scattered knowledge of the swarm on the local level to assure the optimal behaviour in difficult situations (self learning);
3. Operate successfully with minimal sensing capabilities (cost efficiency).

Funding Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project

Coordinator

TALLINNA TEHNIKAUELIKOOL
Address
Ehitajate Tee 5
19086 Tallinn
Estonia

Participants (8)

FUNDACION FATRONIK
Spain
Address
Pa Mikeletegi 7
20009 Donostia Ss
IDMIND - ENGENHARIA DE SISTEMAS LDA
Portugal
Address
Polo Tecnologico De Lisboa Ee3
1600546 Lisboa
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE EN INFORMATIQUE ET EN AUTOMATIQUE
France
Address
Domaine De Voluceau
78153 Le Chesnay
KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HOGSKOLAN
Sweden
Address
Valhallavagen 79
100 44 Stockholm
OU ELIKO TEHNOLOOGIA ARENDUSKESKUS
Estonia
Address
Ehitajate Tee 5
Tallinn
OULUN YLIOPISTO
Finland
Address
Pentti Kaiteran Katu 1
PL 8000 Oulu
TEKNILLINEN KORKEAKOULU
Finland
Address
Otakaari 1
02015 Espoo
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI GENOVA
Italy
Address
Via Balbi 5
Genova