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Robotics 2013, 2(1), 1-18; doi:10.3390/robotics2010001

Ant Robotic Swarm for Visualizing Invisible Hazardous Substances

Centre for Research in Distributed Technologies, University of Bedfordshire, Park Square, Luton, LU1 3JU, UK
School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex, Colchester CO4 3SQ, UK
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Received: 8 November 2012 / Revised: 21 December 2012 / Accepted: 4 January 2013 / Published: 7 January 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Human Centred Robotics)
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Inspired by the simplicity of how nature solves its problems, this paper presents a novel approach that would enable a swarm of ant robotic agents (robots with limited sensing, communication, computational and memory resources) form a visual representation of distributed hazardous substances within an environment dominated by diffusion processes using a decentralized approach. Such a visual representation could be very useful in enabling a quicker evacuation of a city’s population affected by such hazardous substances. This is especially true if the ratio of emergency workers to the population number is very small. View Full-Text
Keywords: bio-inspiration; ant agents; optimal coverage; pollution monitoring; bacterial foraging bio-inspiration; ant agents; optimal coverage; pollution monitoring; bacterial foraging

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Oyekan, J.; Hu, H. Ant Robotic Swarm for Visualizing Invisible Hazardous Substances. Robotics 2013, 2, 1-18.

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