Modular self-assembling and self-reconfiguring e-pucks

Lachlan Murray, Jon Timmis*, Andy Tyrrell

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

10 Citations (SciVal)

Abstract

In this paper, we present the design of a new structural extension for the e-puck mobile robot. The extension may be used to transform what is traditionally a swarm robotics platform into a self-reconfigurable modular robotic system. We introduce a modified version of a previously developed collective locomotion algorithm and present new experimental results across three different themes. We begin by investigating how the performance of the collective locomotion algorithm is affected by the size and shape of the robotic structures involved, examining structures containing up to nine modules. Without alteration to the underlying algorithm, we then analyse the implicit self-assembling and self-reconfiguring capabilities of the system and show that the novel use of 'virtual sensors' can significantly improve performance. Finally, by examining a form of environment driven self-reconfiguration, we observe the behaviour of the system in a more complex environment. We conclude that the modular e-puck extension represents a viable platform for investigating collective locomotion, self-assembly and self-reconfiguration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-113
Number of pages31
JournalSwarm Intelligence
Volume7
Issue number2-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2013

Keywords

  • Collective locomotion
  • e-puck
  • Self-assembly
  • Self-reconfigurable modular robotics
  • Self-reconfiguration
  • Swarm robotics

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Modular self-assembling and self-reconfiguring e-pucks'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this