Advances in swarm robotics and massively distributed systems

Supervisor: Dr R Gross

Project Description

This project investigates novel forms of coordination applicable to medium to large scale distributed robotic systems. Current areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  1. swarm capabilities (e.g., decision making, division of labour, flocking, and leadership);
  2. human-robot interfaces (e.g., control of swarms of robots via voice or mobile phone);
  3. application studies (e.g., decentralised surveillance systems).

Studies can be conducted in computer simulation and with swarms of physical robots [2,3,4]. We are specifically searching for students that wish to study our system of 900 Kilobot robots - currently the 2nd largest swarm of robots in the world.
The project will be carried out in the Natural Robotics Lab [1].

[1] http://naturalrobotics.group.shef.ac.uk
[2] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmyTJSYw77g
[3] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqMEM79PoF4
[4] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_kZmatqAaQ

Prospective applicants should have a degree in a relevant subject (computer science, physics, biology, artificial intelligence, psychology, mathematics, robotics etc) and be experienced in programming.

Contact Details

Dr R Gross

  • Tel: +44 (0) 114 222 5610

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