Self-organizing, Self-aware, Reconfigurable Robot Ensembles

Start date: 01.01.2015
Funded by: Universität Augsburg
Local project leader: Dr. Hella Ponsar (geb. Seebach)
Local scientists: M. Sc. Oliver Kosak
Constantin Wanninger
Alwin Hoffmann
Publications: Publication list


      Designing complex adaptive systems for real world applications is a delicate challenge, especially when support for humans in crucial situations should be achieved. We propose a multi-agent based approach for physically reconfigurable, heterogeneous robot swarms. These can be deployed when there is a need to search, continuously observe and react, e.g. in disaster scenarios.


    This project aims to study the combination of self-organization mechanisms and modular, self-aware hardware to create autonomous, versatile robot ensembles.

    The following first results demonstrate the potential of the envisioned approach:

    • SASO 2016:
      As part of the 10th IEEE International Conference on Self-Adaptive and Self-Organizing Systems, which took place at the University of Augsburg during 12-16 September 2016, we demonstrated live some basic self-organizing features of a heterogeneous robot ensemble.
    • ScaleX 2016:
      We successfully took part in ScaleX 2016, a geographical measurement campaign, were a heterogeneous robot ensemble was used to cooperatively carry a fragile fiber optical cable for distant temperature sensing (more information on ScaleX at the IMK-IFU website). Additionally, each of the quadcopters used was carrying two modular sensors which produced additional temperature measurements.