Distributed target identification in robotic swarms

Paolo Stegagno, Caterina Massidda, Heinrich Bulthoff

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3 Citations (Scopus)


The ability to identify the target of a common action is fundamental for the development of a multi-robot team able to interact with the environment. In most existing systems, the identification is carried on individually, based on either color coding, shape identification or complex vision systems. Those methods usually assume a broad point of view over the objects, which are observed in their entirety. This assumption is sometimes difficult to fulfill in practice, and in particular in swarm systems, constituted by a multitude of small robots with limited sensing and computational capabilities. In this paper, we propose a method for target identification with a heterogeneous swarm of low-informative spatially-distributed sensors employing a distributed version of the naive Bayes classifier. Despite limited individual sensing capabilities, the recursive application of the Bayes law allows the identification if the robots cooperate sharing the information that they are able to gather from their limited points of view. Simulation results show the effectiveness of this approach highlighting some properties of the developed algorithm.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the ACM Symposium on Applied Computing
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9781450331968
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Apr 13
Externally publishedYes
Event30th Annual ACM Symposium on Applied Computing, SAC 2015 - Salamanca, Spain
Duration: 2015 Apr 132015 Apr 17


Other30th Annual ACM Symposium on Applied Computing, SAC 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software


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