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Robotics Research

The ISL web site is maintained by Sean Andersson. Most recent update 03/08/01.

Robot formations

There is currently a great interest in the control of formations of objects. Applications include unmanned spacecraft, submarines, and the next generation of space telescopes. We are using the robots to explore various ideas and provide physical demonstrations of the control algorithms under development.

Below we have a movie of a three-robot demo.

Ongoing and future work

  • Develop simple three-robot formation demonstration
  • Develop a demonstration of the Kepler problem formation
  • Investigate formation break-up and reorganization through vector potentials
  • Investigate binocular vision using multiple single-camera equipped robots and formations