Collaboration Layer for Robots in Mobile Ad-hoc Networks

Ole Borch, Per Printz Madsen, Jacob Honor´e Broberg, Søren Thorhauge Hede, Simon Bjerg Mikkelsen, Jesper Ellgaard Pedersen, Christian Br¨auner Sørensen

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In many applications multiple robots in Mobile Ad-hoc Networks are required to

collaborate in order to solve a task. This paper shows by proof of concept that a Collaboration

Layer can be modelled and designed to handle the collaborative communication, which enables

robots in small to medium size networks to solve tasks collaboratively. In this proposal the

Collaboration Layer is modelled to handle service and position discovery, group management,

and synchronisation among robots, but the layer is also designed to be extendable. Based

on this model of the Collaboration Layer, generic services are provided to the application

running on the robot. The services are generic because they can be used by many different

applications, independent of the task to be solved. Likewise, specific services are requested from

the underlying Virtual Machine, such as broadcast, multicast, and reliable unicast. A prototype

of the Collaboration Layer has been developed to run in a simulated environment and tested

in an evaluation scenario. In the scenario five robots solve the tasks of vacuum cleaning and

entrance guarding, which involves the ability to discover potential co-workers, form groups, shift

from one group to another, and communicate among group members. The successful outcome

of the evaluation scenario indicates that a generic Collaboration Layer may be realisable.

BogserieI F A C Workshop Series
Antal sider8
StatusUdgivet - 2009
BegivenhedIFAC Workshop on Networked Robotics - Golden, Denver, Colorado, USA
Varighed: 6 okt. 20098 okt. 2009


KonferenceIFAC Workshop on Networked Robotics
ByGolden, Denver, Colorado


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