ChinaCom2008-Wireless Communications and Networking Symposium

Research Article

Robot Swarm Communication Networks: Architectures, Protocols, and Applications

  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1109/CHINACOM.2008.4684993,
        author={Ming Li and Min Chen and Kejie Lu and Shiwen  Mao and Hua  Zhu and B. Prabhakaran},
        title={Robot Swarm Communication Networks: Architectures, Protocols, and Applications},
        proceedings={ChinaCom2008-Wireless Communications and Networking Symposium},
        keywords={Robot swarm wireless mesh networks},
  • Ming Li
    Min Chen
    Kejie Lu
    Shiwen Mao
    Hua Zhu
    B. Prabhakaran
    Year: 2008
    Robot Swarm Communication Networks: Architectures, Protocols, and Applications
    DOI: 10.1109/CHINACOM.2008.4684993
Ming Li1,*, Min Chen2,*, Kejie Lu3,*, Shiwen Mao4,*, Hua Zhu5,*, B. Prabhakaran6,*
  • 1: Department of Computer Science California State University, Fresno Fresno, CA 93740, USA
  • 2: Department of ECE University of British Columbia V6T 1Z4, Canada
  • 3: Department of ECE University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, Mayagüez, Puerto Rico 00681
  • 4: Department of ECE Auburn University Auburn, AL 36849, USA
  • 5: San Diego Research Center San Diego, CA 92121 USA
  • 6: Department of Computer Science The University of Texas at Dallas Richardson, TX 75080, USA
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There have been increasing interests in deploying a team of robots, or robot swarms, to fulfill certain complicated tasks such as surveillance. Since robot swarms may move to areas of far distance, it is important to have a pervasive networking environment for communications among robots, administrators, and mobile users. For this purpose, we propose to build a wireless mesh network as the wireless backbone within the areas of special interest. One or more robots can get connected with a nearby mesh router and access the remote server. Within each swarm, a self-organizing mobile ad hoc network is formed. With this type of robot swarm communication network, there are many important open issues to be addressed.