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Position sensing of mobile robots for team operations

Fung, C.C., Eren, H. and Nakazato, Y. (1994) Position sensing of mobile robots for team operations. In: Proceedings of the 1994 IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Technology Conference, 10 - 12 May, Hamamatsu, Japan pp. 185-188.

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In this paper, a position sensing system based on infrared techniques for multiple robots operating within a structured environment is introduced. Unlike many existing multiple robot systems, the proposed sensing mechanism enables each robot to determine its position and path of movement without the need of a central coordinator. The robots communicate with each other with a radio link passing information about their intentions, positions and the performed tasks. The system is simple and it does not require complicated vision and communication capabilities, thus, a minimum computing power is needed for the operation. Clearly defined objectives, robust position sensing capabilities and efficient inter-robot communications enable each robot with self-autonomy to determine its own task to be executed. The main objective of the position sensing system is to enable a number of robots to operate in a cooperative manner as members of a team.

Publication Type: Conference Paper
Publisher: IEEE
Copyright: © 1994 IEEE
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