Dr. William M. Spears Dr. Diana F. Spears Computer Science Department University of Wyoming. Swarm Robotics at the University of Wyoming. Traditional Robotics. Traditionally, robotics researchers focus on the development of highly capable and expensive robots. Only a few are made.
Traditionally, robotics researchers focus on the development of highly capable and expensive robots. Only a few are made.
With swarm robotics, the emphasis is on having lots of relatively inexpensive robots.
Swarms of robots are effective:
They can perform tasks that one expensive robot cannot.
Swarms are robust:
Even if some robots fail, the swarm can still achieve the task.
The UW Distributed Robotics Laboratory serves as an environment for prototyping and demonstration of proof-of-principle for swarm robotics.
Our goal is to design methods for enabling groups of robots to perform important real-world tasks…
Search and Rescue
Convoy / Formation Movement
Organizing into a Formation
Movement Toward a Goal
Chemical Plume Source Tracing
each other while
Task: UAVs must detect
as many of the moving
targets as possible, while
avoiding each other.
Task 1: Robots must organize themselves into
Task 2: Robots must organize themselves into
formation and then move
toward a light source.
Robots must organize themselves into a formation, and then locate the source of a chemical hazard, while avoiding obstacles.Plume Tracing Simulation
Jerry Hamann, Cameron Wright (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
M. P. Sharma (Chemical Engineering)
John Schabron (Chemist, Western Research Institute)
Dave Walrath, Doug Smith, Dimitri Mavriplis (Mechanical Engineering)
Dan Stanescu (Mathematics)
David Thayer (Physics and Astronomy)