Heterogeneous and Homogeneous Robot Group Behavior

Dani Goldberg

When working with groups of robots it may be very difficult to determine what characteristics the group requires in order to perform a task most efficiently-i.e., in the least time. Some researchers have used groups of behaviorally differentiated robots-where the robots do not perform the same actions-and others have used behaviorally homogeneous groups. None of this research, however, explicitly compares the behavior of heterogeneous and homogeneous groups of robots to determine which performs a task more efficiently. The research described here makes such a comparison and aims at developing guidelines to aid in the design of the heterogeneous/homogeneous characteristics that will allow a group of robots to perform a task efficiently.

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