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Flexible wireless communication network for mobile robot agents

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For intelligent robots in a multi-agent system communication is essential for cooperative behavior. Here we describe the explicit communication between individual robots acting as team members of a RoboCup team playing soccer. The robots are based on the EyeBot platform. An overview of communication systems being published and a discussion of their advantages and drawbacks is followed by an introduction into multi-agent systems and the problems we faced applying them to the task of playing soccer. Then we describe the wireless communication network in detail including the EyeBot platform, message structures, self-configuration and error recovery. The communication allows transmission of messages between individuals, broadcasts and communication with a remote computer workstation. The communication system is a layer beneath the multi-robot console, which is the user interface, and above the EyeBot hardware.
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Keywords: Communications; Robots

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 2001

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