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Overview
The primary mission of this project is to uncover the basic principles that will best govern a group of robots trying to do useful work in difficult and hazardous environments. More...

Free Market Architecture
The architecture governing the robots is organized as a free market economy; the team mission is best achieved when the economy maximizes production and minimizes cost. When deployed, the robots will work together to negotiate the exchange of virtual money for performing tasks. More...
Distributed Exploration and Mapping
Exploration is carried out in a distributed fashion using the free market architecture as a coordination mechanism between robots. The robots are able to negotiate and freely exchange tasks for revenue in order to obtain individually profitable tours. More...
Map Reconstruction
We are going to reconstruct a 3-D map of the environment based on images from the collective group of robots. More...
Communal Learning
Communal learning refers to the sharing of experiences (data gathering) between colony members, which enables the colony to learn concepts beyond the capabilities of the individual. Communal learning is necessary to maximize knowledge as well as for learning and preventing fatal situations or actions. More...
Robot Test Bed
We are using PioneerII-DX robots, built by Activmedia Incorporated, to test our research. We currently have five robots, each equipped with onboard computing as well as 16 sonars and a forward pointing camera for obstacle detection. More...
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