Coordinating collective locomotion in an amorphous modular robot

Chih Han Yu, Justin Werfel, Radhika Nagpal

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Abstract

Modular robots can potentially assemble into a wide range of configurations to locomote in different environments. However, designing locomotion strategies for each configuration is often tedious and has generally relied on a priori known connection geometry. Here we present a framework for 2D modular robots made of square modules assembled with arbitrary geometry, which achieve collective and directed locomotion with no centralized controller. Individual modules communicate locally and provably achieve consensus in coordinating movement in a common travel direction. In experiments with simulations and hardware prototypes, we show that robots achieve effective locomotion, irrespective of the number of modules and their connectivity which can be highly asymmetric.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2010 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA 2010
Pages2777-2784
Number of pages8
DOIs
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes
Event2010 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA 2010 - Anchorage, AK, United States
Duration: May 3 2010May 7 2010

Publication series

NameProceedings - IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation
ISSN (Print)1050-4729

Other

Other2010 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA 2010
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityAnchorage, AK
Period5/3/105/7/10

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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