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    Multi Agent Robotic Assembly

    Uploaded on Feb 17, 2010

    Team from the Faculty of Mechanical engineering and Naval architecture (FSB), University of Zagreb is developing multi-agent robotics system based on the grounding of a novel distributed architecture in which autonomous agents are not only capable of perceiving, acting and adapting to the environment but also of extracting meaning from it, with the aim to organize themselves to carry out very complex assembly tasks.

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    Multi-Robot Grasp Planning for Sequential Assembly Operations

    Published on May 26, 2015

    This video shows a team of robots collaborating to build a chair. The robots autonomously plan how to grasp the parts and how to position their bases.

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    Article "Enabling human-robot rescue teams"
    System could help prevent robots from overwhelming human teammates with information.

    by Larry Hardesty
    February 17, 2016

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    Multi-robot cooperative transportation using caging

    Published on Dec 21, 2016

    The video demonstrates multi-robot cooperative transportation using caging.

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    RI Seminar : Sven Koenig: Progress on multi-robot path finding

    Streamed Sep 9, 2017

    Sven Koenig
    Professor, Computer Science Department, University of Southern California (USC)

    Teams of robots often have to assign target locations among themselves and then plan collision-free paths to their target locations. Examples include autonomous aircraft towing vehicles and automated warehouse systems. For example, in the near future, autonomous aircraft towing vehicles might tow aircraft all the way from the runways to their gates (and vice versa), thereby reducing pollution, energy consumption, congestion and human workload. Today, hundreds of robots already navigate autonomously in Amazon fulfillment centers to move inventory pods all the way from their storage locations to the packing stations. Path planning for these robots can be NP-hard, yet one must find high-quality collision-free paths for them in real-time. The shorter these paths are, the fewer robots are needed and the cheaper it is to open new fulfillment centers. In this talk, I describe several variants of the multi-robot path-planning problem, their complexities and algorithms for solving them. I also present a hierarchical planning architecture that combines ideas from artificial intelligence and robotics. It makes use of a simple temporal network to post-process the output of a multi-robot path-finding algorithm in polynomial time to create a plan-execution schedule that take the maximum translational and rotational velocities of non-holonomic robots into account, provides a guaranteed safety distance between them, and exploits slack to absorb imperfect plan executions and avoid time-intensive re-planning in many cases. This research is joint research with N. Ayanian, T. Cai, L. Cohen, W. Hoenig, S. Kumar, H. Ma, G. Sharon, C. Tovey, T. Uras, H. Xu, S. Young, D. Zhang, and other colleagues and students.

    Sven Koenig is a professor in computer science at the University of Southern California. Most of his research centers around techniques for decision making (planning and learning) that enable single situated agents (such as robots or decision-support systems) and teams of agents to act intelligently in their environments and exhibit goal-directed behavior in real-time, even if they have only incomplete knowledge of their environment, imperfect abilities to manipulate it, limited or noisy perception or insufficient reasoning speed. He co-founded both Robotics: Science and Systems and the International Symposium on Combinatorial Search (SoCS) and was conference or program co-chair of SARA 2002, ICAPS 2004, AAMAS 2005, SoCS 2009, AAAI 2015, and EAAI 2016 and 2017. He is chair of the ACM Special Interest Group on Artificial Intelligence, an editor of AI Magazine and CACM, and an associate editor of AIJ, JAAMAS, and ACS. He was a councilor of AAAI, a member of the advisory board of JAIR, an associate editor of Computational Intelligence, and a member of the steering committees of ICAPS, SoCS, and SARA. Additional information about Sven can be found on his website:

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    Robots autonomously merge, spilt and self-heal

    Published on Sep 12, 2017

    Researchers demonstrated mergeable nervous system (MNS) robots: robots that can autonomously merge to form larger bodies with a single centralized controller, split into separate bodies with independent controllers, and self-heal by removing or replacing malfunctioning body parts.

    Images: Marco Dorigo and Nithin Mathews
    Mergeable nervous systems for robots
    Nithin Mathews, Anders Lyhne Christensen, Rehan O’Grady, Francesco Mondada & Marco Dorigo
    Nature Communications DOI: 10.1038/s41467-017-00109-2

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