ROBOTS MORPHOLOGIES AND COMMUNICATION STRATEGIES TRADE-OFF IN A DYNAMIC MULTI-ROBOT COLLABORATIVE ENVIRONMENT
Keywords:Dynamic multi-robot system, Communication strategy, Robot morphology, Interaction, Collaborative environment
Many robotic use cases stand in need of robot collaboration. Thus, it is vital to make sure that they collaborate effectively. While various dimensions of robots such as communication skills and morphology were studied independently, to our best knowledge, no anterior research has checked out those dimensions jointly. The aim of this article is to demonstrate the existence of an intrinsic relationship between morphology and communication strategies. In our study, we present collaborative scenario simulation results demonstrating that both morphologies and communication strategies interact in complex ways. The bulk of these results are derived from multiple simulation runs with randomly generated initial conditions. We compared task execution times for different morphologies, using either implicit or explicit communication. Simulation results proved that implicit communication was the most suitable strategy for anthropomorphic robots, whereas explicit communication was the most appropriate for zoomorphic and functional robots. We plan to pursue this research by verifying our approach on real robot platforms, including a larger number of robots, and tackling new types of interaction.
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