What is A Robot Swarm: A Definition for Swarming Robotics

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The swarm, a type of multi-agent system, has enjoyed a recent surge in popularity within the autonomous robotics field. Despite a variety of theoretical and simulated research work in the area of swarm theory and multi-agent artificial intelligence, the practical use of swarms remains limited. Though many limiting factors lie on the technical front, one limiting factor may be a lack of appreciation for swarm capabilities and applications as opposed to those of conventional robotics. To help address the latter limiting factor, this paper proposes a definition of a swarm in the context of autonomous robotics, describes many real-world problems that can be addressed through use of swarms, and details current applications of swarming robotic systems.
mobile robots, multi-agent systems, multi-robot systems
R. Arnold, K. Carey, B. Abruzzo and C. Korpela, "What is A Robot Swarm: A Definition for Swarming Robotics," 2019 IEEE 10th Annual Ubiquitous Computing, Electronics & Mobile Communication Conference (UEMCON), New York, NY, USA, 2019, pp. 0074-0081, doi: 10.1109/UEMCON47517.2019.8993024.