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IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON ROBOTICS, VOL. 22, NO. 4, AUGUST 2006 637 Multi-Robot Coalition Formation
 

Summary: IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON ROBOTICS, VOL. 22, NO. 4, AUGUST 2006 637
Multi-Robot Coalition Formation
Lovekesh Vig and Julie A. Adams, Senior Member, IEEE
Abstract--As the community strives towards autonomous multi-
robot systems, there is a need for these systems to autonomously
form coalitions to complete assigned missions. Numerous coalition
formation algorithms have been proposed in the software agent lit-
erature. Algorithms exist that form agent coalitions in both super
additive and non-super additive environments. The algorithmic
techniques vary from negotiation-based protocols in multi-agent
system (MAS) environments to those based on computation in
distributed problem solving (DPS) environments. Coalition for-
mation behaviors have also been discussed in relation to game
theory. Despite the plethora of MAS coalition formation literature,
to the best of our knowledge none of the proposed algorithms
have been demonstrated with an actual multi-robot system. There
exists a discrepancy between the multi-agent algorithms and
their applicability to the multi-robot domain. This paper aims to
bridge that discrepancy by unearthing the issues that arise while
attempting to tailor these algorithms to the multi-robot domain.

  

Source: Adams, Julie A. - Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Vanderbilt University

 

Collections: Engineering; Computer Technologies and Information Sciences