Alejandro Cornejo: Long-Lived Distributed Localization of Robot Swarms

Friday, November 22, 2013 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Alejandro Cornejo

In the context of large swarms of simple robots which are capable of measuring only the distance to near-by robots, we study the problem of maintaining an estimate of the relative position and relative orientation of other near-by robots in the environment. We present two distributed localization algorithms with different trade-offs between their computational complexity and their coordination requirements. The first algorithm does not require the robots to coordinate their motion. It relies on a non-linear least squares based strategy to allow robots to compute the relative pose of near-by robots. The second algorithm borrows tools from distributed computing theory to coordinate which robots must remain stationary and which robots are allowed to move. This coordination allows the robots to use standard trilateration techniques to compute the relative pose of near-by robots.