Agent-based robot control design for multi-robot cooperation

Chia How Lin*, Kai-Tai Song, Gary T. Anderson

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This paper presents an agent-based robot control (ARC) architecture. ARC features a flexible real-time control system, which is suitable for multi-robot cooperative tasks. It also provides an efficient platform for building up a multi-robot system consisting of heterogeneous robots. In this paper, an experimental study of this architecture is investigated. A cooperative exploration using two mobile robots will be demonstrated. In this experiment, one robot explores the environment by looking for a color-coded target and the other is responsible for task execution at the target position. While exploring in an unknown environment, the first robot, which is equipped with ultrasonic sensors for exploration, records its position as it sees deployed checkpoints. In a later phase, the second robot plans a path to the target directly using information passed from the first robot and get to the target position in an efficient way.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)542-547
Number of pages6
JournalConference Proceedings - IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2005
EventIEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society, Proceedings - 2005 International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics - Waikoloa, HI, United States
Duration: 10 Oct 200512 Oct 2005


  • Agent-oriented programming
  • Mobile robots
  • Multi-robot cooperation
  • Robot exploration

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