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Thomas Bräunl and Nicholas Tay

This article introduces a map generation algorithm that combines configuration space and occupancy grid approaches. This algorithm is suitable for a mobile robot system…

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This article introduces a map generation algorithm that combines configuration space and occupancy grid approaches. This algorithm is suitable for a mobile robot system with local sensors for positioning. Global positioning is not required. The algorithm will generate a driving path for the robot to explore the unknown environment around it. A version of the DistBug algorithm is used to determine routes around obstacles. The algorithm can deal with imperfect distance sensors and localization errors.

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Industrial Robot: An International Journal, vol. 28 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0143-991X

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Peter Wilke and Thomas Bräunl

For intelligent robots in a multi‐agent system communication is essential for cooperative behavior. Here we describe the explicit communication between individual robots…

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For intelligent robots in a multi‐agent system communication is essential for cooperative behavior. Here we describe the explicit communication between individual robots acting as team members of a RoboCup team playing soccer. The robots are based on the EyeBot platform. An overview of communication systems being published and a discussion of their advantages and drawbacks is followed by an introduction into multi‐agent systems and the problems we faced applying them to the task of playing soccer. Then we describe the wireless communication network in detail including the EyeBot platform, message structures, self‐configuration and error recovery. The communication allows transmission of messages between individuals, broadcasts and communication with a remote computer workstation. The communication system is a layer beneath the multi‐robot console, which is the user interface, and above the EyeBot hardware.

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Industrial Robot: An International Journal, vol. 28 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0143-991X

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Keyan Liu, Xuyue Yin, Xiumin Fan and Qichang He

The purpose of this paper is to give a comprehensive survey on the physics-based virtual assembly (PBVA) technology in a novel perspective, to analyze current drawbacks…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to give a comprehensive survey on the physics-based virtual assembly (PBVA) technology in a novel perspective, to analyze current drawbacks and propose several promising future directions.

Design/methodology/approach

To provide a deep insight of PBVA, a discussion of the developing context of PBVA and a comparison against constraint-based virtual assembly (CBVA) is put forward. The core elements and general structure are analyzed based on typical PBVA systems. Some common key issues as well as common drawbacks are discussed, based on which the research trend and several promising future directions are proposed.

Findings

Special attention is paid to new research progresses and new ideas concerning recent development as well as new typical systems of the technology. Advantages of PBVA over CBVA are investigated. Based on the analysis of typical PBVA systems and the evolution of PBVA, the core elements of the technology and the general structure of its implementation are identified. Then, current PBVA systems are summarized and classified. After that, key issues in the technology and current drawbacks are explored in detail. Finally, promising future directions are given, including both the further perfecting of the technology and the combination with other technologies.

Originality/value

The PBVA technology is put into a detailed review and analysis in a novel way, providing a better insight of both the theory and the implementation of the technology.

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Assembly Automation, vol. 35 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0144-5154

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