The PSI swarm: A low-cost robotics platform and its use in an education setting

James Hilder*, Alexander Horsfield, Alan G. Millard, Jon Timmis

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The paper introduces the Psi Swarm robot, a platform developed to allow both affordable research in swarm robotics and versatility for teaching programming and robotics concepts. Motivated by the goals of reducing cost and construction complexity of existing swarm platforms, we have developed a trackable, sensor-rich and expandable platform which needs only a computer with internet browser to program. This paper outlines the design of the platform and the development of a tablet-computer based programming environment for the robot, intended to teach primary school aged children programming concepts.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTowards Autonomous Robotic Systems - 17th Annual Conference, TAROS 2016, Proceedings
EditorsLyuba Alboul, Dana Damian, Jonathan M. Aitken
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9783319403786
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event17th Annual Conference on Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems, TAROS 2016 - Sheffield, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Duration: 26 Jun 201601 Jul 2016

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference17th Annual Conference on Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems, TAROS 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Period26 Jun 201601 Jul 2016


  • Android
  • Educational robotics
  • Swarm robotics
  • Teaching

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