Sheffield Robotics Programs Swarm of 600 Robots

Published by , February 28, 2016 7:19 pm

(ScientificComputing) Researchers from Sheffield Robotics have applied a novel method of automatically programming and controlling a swarm of up to 600 robots to complete a set of tasks at one time. This approach reduces human error and makes a swarm of robots safer more reliable. Previous research used ‘trial and error’ methods to automatically program groups of robots, but that technique can result in unpredictable, and undesirable, behavior.
Swarm robotics studies how large groups of robots can interact with each other in simple ways to solve relatively complex tasks cooperatively. The research at Sheffield is an important step forward for swarm robotics. The next stage of will focus on finding ways humans can collaborate with swarms of robots so the communication is two-way.