A behavior-based blackboard architecture for multi-robot control
McClain, Jonathan Thomas
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This thesis focuses on the development of a robust architecture for the control of multi-robot teams. In particular, the use of a behavior-based blackboard architecture for multi-robot control is presented, with comparisons to other popular architectures for control such as the hierarchical architecture and the subsumption architecture. The proposed architecture was tested by developing a prototype multi-robot system called the Collective, a team of mobile robotic tanks. Preliminary testing of the architecture was done by developing behaviors to accomplish a coordinated mapping task, where the goal for the robots was to combine efforts to produce a map of a static environment (in this case an office suite).