Distributed collaborative robotic mapping
Barnhard, David Howard
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The utilization of multiple robots to map an unknown environment is a challenging problem within Artificial Intelligence. This thesis first presents previous efforts to develop robotic platforms that have demonstrated incremental progress in coordination for mapping and target acquisition tasks. Next, we present a rewards based method that could increase the coordination ability of multiple robots in a distributed mapping task. The method that is presented is a reinforcement based emergent behavior approach that rewards individual robots for performing desired tasks. It is expected that the use of a reward and taxation system will result in individual robots effectively coordinating their efforts to complete a distributed mapping task.