Compared to complex single robots, multirobot systems are more fault tolerant and robust due to mechanically simpler and inexpensive individual units. While there can be no single point of failure, the distributed control and connectivity in a multirobot system is complex.

This is a 2D visualisation of my wireless connectivity chain formation in an ad-hoc multirobot system.

Hover over to show connection chains between robot nodes
Tap to generate a new random initial state

What am I seeing here?

  • This is early prototype software developed for connectivity and control in a physical multirobot system
  • The demo shows an initial configuration of a randomly generated multirobot colony, with flexible and efficient nonphysical connectivity among its members
  • Individuals are dropped at random into the environment and the colony attempts to form nonphysical connections, constrained to a maximum communication range between individuals
  • A single tap within the canvas will generate a new random state
  • Hover over to show the chain of connections between robot nodes
Red Current group leader robot
Blue Follower robots with direct connections to the leader
Green Follower robots connected to the leader group
Grey Robots disconnected from the leader group
Dash lines All connection chains between robots (red is a direct connection to the leader)
Solid line (mouse over) A single connection chain from a follower robot to the leader