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Multi-robot online sensing strategies for the construction of communication maps

This paper tackles the problem of constructing a communication map of a known environment using multiple robots. A communication map encodes information on whether two robots can communicate when they are at two arbitrary locations and plays a …


Real-time motion planning with a fixed-wing UAV using an agile maneuver space

Small fixed-wing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are becoming increasingly capable of flying at low altitudes and in constrained environments. This paper addresses the problem of automating the flight of a fixed-wing UAV through highly constrained …


Average case constant factor time and distance optimal multi-robot path planning in well-connected environments

Fast algorithms for optimal multi-robot path planning are sought after in real-world applications. Known methods, however, generally do not simultaneously guarantee good solution optimality and good (e.g., polynomial) running time. In this work …


Automated synthesis of decentralized controllers for robot swarms from high-level temporal logic specifications

The majority of work in the field of swarm robotics focuses on the bottom-up design of local rules for individual robots that create emergent swarm behaviors. In this paper, we take a top-down approach and consider the following problem: how can …


Efficient recursive distributed state estimation of hidden Markov models over unreliable networks

We consider a scenario in which a process of interest, evolving within an environment occupied by several agents, is well-described probablistically via a Markov model. The agents each have local views and observe only some limited partial aspects …

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Autonomous Robots reports on the theory and applications of robotic systems capable of some degree of self-sufficiency. It features papers that include performance data on actual robots in the real world. Coverage includes: control of autonomous robots · real-time vision · autonomous wheeled and tracked vehicles · legged vehicles · computational architectures for autonomous systems · distributed architectures for learning, control and adaptation · studies of autonomous robot systems · sensor fusion · theory of autonomous systems · terrain mapping and recognition · self-calibration and self-repair for robots · self-reproducing intelligent structures · genetic algorithms as models for robot development.

The focus is on the ability to move and be self-sufficient, not on whether the system is an imitation of biology. Of course, biological models for robotic systems are of major interest to the journal since living systems are prototypes for autonomous behavior.

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