Control of many agents using few instructions

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This paper considers the problem of controlling a group of agents under the constraint that every agent must be given the same control input. This problem is relevant for the control of mobile micro-robots that all receive the same power and control signals through an underlying substrate. Despite this restriction, several examples in simulation demonstrate that it is possible to get a group of micro-robots to perform useful tasks. All of these tasks are derived by thinking about the relationships between robots, rather than about their individual states.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationRobotics
Subtitle of host publicationScience and Systems III
EditorsWolfram Burgard, Oliver Brock, Cyrill Stachniss
PublisherMIT Press Journals
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9780262524841
StatePublished - 2008
Event3rd International Conference on Robotics Science and Systems, RSS 2007 - Atlanta, United States
Duration: Jun 27 2007Jun 30 2007

Publication series

NameRobotics: Science and Systems
ISSN (Print)2330-7668
ISSN (Electronic)2330-765X


Other3rd International Conference on Robotics Science and Systems, RSS 2007
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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