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Low-cost and Open-source Swarm Robotic Platforms

Monday 18 June 2018, 1.30PM to 3pm

Speaker(s): Dr Farshad Arvin, University of Manchester


Bio-inspired Swarm Robotic is a fascinating topic for collaborative multi-robot research studies. The aim is to control a large number of simple robots by applying mechanisms inspired by nature in order to solve common complex tasks. Due to the hardware complexities and cost of robot platforms, current research in swarm robotics is mostly performed by simulation software. The simulation of large numbers of these robots is extremely complex and often inaccurate due to the poor modelling of physical conditions. Therefore, open-source and low-cost platforms (robots and experimental setup) will increase number of research studies conducted using real-world experiments. Two open-source low-cost robots, Mona and Colias, which have been developed as affordable swarm robotic platforms and two swarm robotic systems including: i) Perpetual Robot Swarm which provides long-term autonomy of mobile robots and ii) COS–§ which is an inter-robot communication approach based on the bio-inspired pheromone systems will be presented. Currently we are using a combination of these platforms at The University of Manchester to study long-term uninterrupted scenarios in swarm robotics.


Dr Farshad Arvin is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Robotics for Extreme Environment Laboratory (REEL) in the University of Manchester, UK since 2015. He received his BSc degree in Computer Engineering in 2004, MSc degree in Computer Systems Engineering in 2010, and PhD in Computer Science in 2015. He was awarded a Marie Curie Fellowship to be involved in EU FP7 projects during his PhD study in University of Lincoln, UK. Farshad visited several leading institutes including the Institute of Microelectronics at Tsinghua University in Beijing, Artificial Life Laboratory at University of Graz, and recently, he visited the Italian Institute of Technology (iit) in Genoa as the visiting research scholar. His research interests include swarm robotics, autonomous systems, and collective robotics. Farshad is a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and member of IEEE and MIET.




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