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A low-cost real-time tracking infrastructure for ground-based robot swarms

Millard, A.G.; Hilder, J.A.; Timmis, J.; Winfield, Alan F.T.

Authors

A.G. Millard

J.A. Hilder

J. Timmis



Contributors

M. Dorigo
Editor

M. Birattari
Editor

S. Garnier
Editor

H. Hamann
Editor

M. Montes de Oca
Editor

C. Solnon
Editor

T. Stützle
Editor

Abstract

A tracking infrastructure is a useful tool for swarm robotics research, and has many potential applications. Unfortunately, for many research laboratories, constructing one may be prohibitively expensive. In this paper we present a low-cost tracking infrastructure that was built at the York Robotics Laboratory for tracking ground-based robot swarms in real-time. We highlight the considerations that were taken when build- ing and configuring the system, using a swarm of e-puck robots as a case study. Potential applications of the system are discussed, the cost of the equipment is documented, and its known limitations are addressed. This paper aims to serve as a resource for other swarm robotics researchers interested in implementing a similar low-cost tracking solution.

Publication Date Sep 1, 2014
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 8667
Pages 278-279
Series Title Lecture Notes in Computer Science
Book Title Swarm Intelligence, 9th International Conference, ANTS 2014
ISBN 978-3-319-09951-4
Institution Citation Millard, A., Hilder, J., Timmis, J., & Winfield, A. F. (2014). A low-cost real-time tracking infrastructure for ground-based robot swarms. In C. Solnon, T. St├╝tzle, M. Birattari, S. Garnier, H. Hamann, M. Montes de Oca, & M. Dorigo (Eds.), Swarm Intelligence, 9th International Conference, ANTS 2014, 278-279. Springer
Keywords swarm robotics
Publisher URL http://www.springer.com/us/book/9783319099514