Multiagent Control of Modular Self-Reconfigurable Robots

Tuesday, November 4, 2003 - 8:45am - 9:20am
Keller 3-180
Tad Hogg (HP (Hewlett-Packard))
I'll describe how multiagent systems provide useful control techniques for modular self-reconfigurable (metamorphic) robots. Such robots consist of many modules that can move relative to each other, thereby changing the overall shape of the robot to suit different tasks. Multiagent control is particularly well-suited for tasks involving uncertain and changing environments. We illustrate this approach through simulation experiments of Proteo, a metamorphic robot system developed at PARC.

For further info: see the paper at or H. Bojinov et al., Multiagent Control of Modular Self-Reconfigurable Robots, Artificial Intelligence 142:99-120 (2002).