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Clustering and Sorting

 

Social insects such as ants and bees manipulate resources in their environment to suit their needs.  For example, ants sort their brood (i.e. ant babies) by size.  They also cluster dead ants into groups.  The interesting bit is that the ants achieve this without supervision and without consulting a “master plan”.  We are interested in borrowing mechanisms for social insect clustering and sorting for use in robotics.  This video accompanies the paper “Cache Consensus: Rapid object sorting by a robotic swarm”.

 

Papers:

Vardy,; Shiell, (2016): BuPiGo: An Open and Extensible Platform for Visually-Guided Swarm Robots. In: 9th EAI International Conference on Bio-inspired Information and Communications Technologies (BICT), ACM, 2016. (Type: Inproceeding | Links | BibTeX)
Vardy,; Vorobyev,; Banzhaf, (2014): Cache Consensus: Rapid Object Sorting by a Robotic Swarm. In: Swarm Intelligence, 8 (1), pp. 61-87, 2014. (Type: Journal Article | Links | BibTeX)
Vardy, (2013): The Impact of Informed Individuals on Collective Object Sorting. In: ECAL Workshop on Collective Behaviours and Social Dynamics, 2013. (Type: Inproceeding | Links | BibTeX)
Vardy, (2012): Accelerated Patch Sorting by a Robotic Swarm. In: Canadian Conference on Computer and Robot Vision, pp. 314-321, IEEE Xplore, 2012. (Type: Inproceeding | Links | BibTeX)
Vorobyev,; Vardy,; Banzhaf, (2012): Supervised Learning in Robotic Swarms: From Training Samples to Emergent Behavior. In: Hsieh,; Chirikjian, (Ed.): Symposium on Distributed Autonomous Robotic Systems (DARS), Springer-Verlag, 2012. (Type: Inproceeding | Links | BibTeX)