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Evolution of Collective Behaviors for a Real Swarm of Aquatic Surface Robots

on 11-02-2016

... Discover what Anders Christensen, Sancho Oliveira, Miguel Duarte, Vasco Costa, Jorge Gomes, Tiago Rodrigues, and Fernando Silva from the BioMachines Lab and Institute of Telecommunications, in Lisbon, Portugal, have been doing in the area of Robot Boat Swarms.

There are numerous advantages to using numerous robots. Swarms are robust and flexible, and they can be much cheaper and more effective than a handful of large robots, provided that you can get them all coordinated on doing what you want them to do. This last bit isn’t easy, which is where the artificial neural networks and evolutionary algorithms come into play. By letting simulated robot boats execute simulated missions and learn from their simulated successes and simulated failures, controllers can learn how to execute swarm goals even while just controlling boats on an individual basis.

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