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Development of a reduced human user input task allocation method for multiple robots

Chand, Praneel and Carnegie, D.A. (2012) Development of a reduced human user input task allocation method for multiple robots. Robotics and Autonomous Systems, 60 (10). pp. 1231-1244. ISSN 0921-8890

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Task allocation mechanisms are employed by multi-robot systems to efficiently distribute tasks between different robots. Currently, many task allocation methods rely on detailed expert knowledge to coordinate robots. However, it may not be feasible to dedicate an expert human user to a multi-robot system. Hence, a non-expert user may have to specify tasks to a team of robots in some situations. This paper presents a novel reduced human user input multi-robot task allocation technique that utilises Fuzzy Inference Systems (FISs). A two-stage primary and secondary task allocation process is employed to select a team of robots comprising manager and worker robots. A multi-robot mapping and exploration task is utilised as a model task to evaluate the task allocation process. Experiments show that primary task allocation is able to successfully identify and select manager robots. Similarly, secondary task allocation successfully identifies and selects worker robots. Both task allocation processes are also robust to parameter variation permitting intuitive selection of parameter values.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Divisions: Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) > School of Engineering and Physics
Depositing User: Praneel Chand
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2012 22:44
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2016 01:19

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