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This study shows that a task as complicated as multi-object ‘ant-like annular sorting’ can be accomplished with ‘minimalist’ solutions employing simple mechanisms and minimal hardware. It provides an alternative to ‘patch sorting’ for multi-object sorting. Three different mechanisms, based on...
In this paper, we introduce a self-assembling and self-organizing artifact, called a swarm-bot, composed of a swarm of s-bots, mobile robots with the ability to connect to and to disconnect from each other. We discuss the challenges involved in controlling a swarm-bot and address the problem of...
We introduce a framework, called “physicomimetics,” that provides distributed control of large collections of mobile physical agents in sensor networks. The agents sense and react to virtual forces, which are motivated by natural physics laws. Thus, physicomimetics is founded upon solid...
The swarm intelligence paradigm has proven to have very interesting properties such as robustness, flexibility and ability to solve complex problems exploiting parallelism and self-organization. Several robotics implementations of this paradigm confirm that these properties can be exploited for...
In this paper, we present discrete-time, nonspatial, macroscopic models able to capture the dynamics of collective aggregation experiments using groups of embodied agents endowed with reactive controllers. The strength of the proposed models is that they have been built up incrementally, with...
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