Coordinating recharging of large scale robotic teams

Andrew Drenner, Michael Janssen, Nikolaos Papanikolopoulos

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

8 Scopus citations

Abstract

Robotic teams are often proposed for solving a number of problems, ranging from exploring unknown environments to monitoring areas for security or environmental contamination. These teams are composed of individual robots which may lack the capabilities to complete a task on their own. One critical capability required by teams regardless of the mission is the ability to have sufficient battery life to remain active for the duration of the mission. We present an approach for maintaining battery life by developing a hierarchical team composed of deployable robots and docking stations. Unlike other approaches, the approach presented here focuses on docking stations supporting multiple deployed robots simultaneously. In order to do so the docking stations must continually optimize their locations with respect to the robots in need of service. Discussion of the optimization is presented, along with simulation in multiple environments to illustrate the scalability of the approach to large robotic teams. The on-going transition of this algorithm to actual hardware is also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2009 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IROS 2009
Pages1357-1362
Number of pages6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 11 2009
Event2009 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IROS 2009 - St. Louis, MO, United States
Duration: Oct 11 2009Oct 15 2009

Publication series

Name2009 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IROS 2009

Other

Other2009 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IROS 2009
CountryUnited States
CitySt. Louis, MO
Period10/11/0910/15/09

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Coordinating recharging of large scale robotic teams'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this