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Studies in Computational Intelligence

Achieving Consensus in Robot Swarms

Design and Analysis of Strategies for the best-of-n Problem

Authors: Valentini, Gabriele

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  • Covers collective decision-making strategies for robot swarms
  • Focuses on the design of self-organized solutions to the best-of-n problem—the problem of deciding which alternative among a finite set of options is the most beneficial choice for the swarm
  • Deals with both theoretical and experimental aspects of collective decision-making and includes the results of experiments performed with a swarm of 100 robots
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This book focuses on the design and analysis of collective decision-making strategies for the best-of-n problem. After providing a formalization of the structure of the best-of-n problem supported by a comprehensive survey of the swarm robotics literature, it introduces the functioning of a collective decision-making strategy and identifies a set of mechanisms that are essential for a strategy to solve the best-of-n problem. The best-of-n problem is an abstraction that captures the frequent requirement of a robot swarm to choose one option from of a finite set when optimizing benefits and costs. The book leverages the identification of these mechanisms to develop a modular and model-driven methodology to design collective decision-making strategies and to analyze their performance at different level of abstractions. Lastly, the author provides a series of case studies in which the proposed methodology is used to design different strategies, using robot experiments to show how the designed strategies can be ported to different application scenarios.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Achieving Consensus in Robot Swarms
Book Subtitle
Design and Analysis of Strategies for the best-of-n Problem
Authors
Series Title
Studies in Computational Intelligence
Series Volume
706
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-53609-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-53609-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-53608-8
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-85196-9
Series ISSN
1860-949X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 146
Number of Illustrations
9 b/w illustrations, 37 illustrations in colour
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