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Virtual Pheromone Based Network Flow Control For Modular Robotic Systems

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Department of Electronics and Telecommunications, Dalat University, Da Lat 670000, Vietnam
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The More-Than-One Robotics Lab, University of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, PE C1A 4P3, Canada
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Electronics 2020, 9(3), 481; https://doi.org/10.3390/electronics9030481
Received: 22 November 2019 / Revised: 24 February 2020 / Accepted: 25 February 2020 / Published: 14 March 2020
Guaranteeing data transmission between modules is the key for application development of modular robotic systems. In a multi-channel modular robotic system, intersection modules play an essential role of communication channel selection in controlling data flow toward desired destinations. The gradient-based routing algorithm is an ideal solution to create an one-way communication path from any robotic module to a designated destination. To create bi-directional communication for a communication path of robotic configuration, virtual pheromone-based routing algorithm is a promising mechanism for intersection modules due to its simplicity and distributivity. In this paper, we address a virtual pheromone based network flow control based on the integration of gradient and virtual pheromone-based routing algorithms. We validated this method through an education and entertainment application using our newly developed modular robotic system. View Full-Text
Keywords: modular robotics; gradient-based routing; virtual pheromone-based routing; network flow control; edutainment modular robotics; gradient-based routing; virtual pheromone-based routing; network flow control; edutainment
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Le, V.T.; Ngo, T.D. Virtual Pheromone Based Network Flow Control For Modular Robotic Systems. Electronics 2020, 9, 481.

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