Research of sociable robots has emphasized interaction and coordination of mobile robots with inspiration from natural behavior of birds, insects, and fish: flocking, foraging, collecting, sharing and so forth. However, the animal behaviors are looking for food towards survival. In an animal society, collecting and sharing are experimentally recognized as the highest property. This paper issues an approach to sociable robots using self-maintained energy in robot society, which is naturally inspired from swarm behavior of honey-bee and ant. Typically, autonomous mobile robots are usually equipped with a finite energy, thus they can operate in a finite time. To overcome the limitation, we describe practical deployment of a group of mobile robot with the possibility of carrying and exchanging fuel, e.g. battery to other robots. Early implementation that includes modular hardware and control architecture to demonstrate the possibility of the approach is presented. Subsequently, the battery exchange algorithm basically based on probabilistic modeling of total energy on each robot located in local vicinity is described.
|Book series||Conference Proceedings / IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics|
|Publication status||Published - 2006|
|Event||The IEEE International conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics - Taipei, Taiwan, Province of China|
Duration: 8 Oct 2006 → 11 Oct 2006
|Conference||The IEEE International conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics|
|Country/Territory||Taiwan, Province of China|
|Period||08/10/2006 → 11/10/2006|