|Presentation Date||October 16, 2012|
Swarm robotics is a relatively new field of interest in the robotics community which is based on the idea that the entire swarm is greater than the sum of its part. Insects such as ants and bees behave in similar fashions where each individual insect is acting as a part of the whole to work towards the survival of the "swarm". In robotics, this same idea can be applied to a collection of simple robots which can interact with each other and with their environment. These robotics are typically small to keep cost and complexity down but must be able to somehow interact with each other and collect information from their environment. My presentation will provide an overview of swarm robotics as well as look at a specific implementation which is in progress by the Cal Poly Robotics Club.
Wikipedia Article on Swarm Robotics (accessed 10/5/2012) - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swarm_robotics
Wikipedia Article on Swarm Intelligence (accessed 10/5/2012) - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swarm_Intelligence
Research Proposal on Swarm Robotics (accessed 10/5/2012, authored by James McLurkin, Assistant Professor, Rice University, Computer Science Department) - http://people.csail.mit.edu/jamesm/swarm.php