1st International ICST Conference on Robot Communication and Coordination

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ROBOTRAK: A Centralized Real-time Monitoring,Control, and Coordination System for Robot Swarms

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/ICST.ROBOCOMM2007.2171,
        author={Ming  Lee and Anthony Alvarez and Francesco De Pellegrini and B. Prabhakaran and Imrich Chlamtac},
        title={ROBOTRAK: A Centralized Real-time Monitoring,Control, and Coordination System for Robot Swarms},
        proceedings={1st International ICST Conference on Robot Communication and Coordination},
        proceedings_a={ROBOCOMM},
        year={2010},
        month={5},
        keywords={robot swarm software development security GUI},
        doi={10.4108/ICST.ROBOCOMM2007.2171}
    }
    
  • Ming Lee
    Anthony Alvarez
    Francesco De Pellegrini
    B. Prabhakaran
    Imrich Chlamtac
    Year: 2010
    ROBOTRAK: A Centralized Real-time Monitoring,Control, and Coordination System for Robot Swarms
    ROBOCOMM
    ICST
    DOI: 10.4108/ICST.ROBOCOMM2007.2171
Ming Lee1,*, Anthony Alvarez1,*, Francesco De Pellegrini2,*, B. Prabhakaran3,*, Imrich Chlamtac2,*
  • 1: Department of Computer Science, California State University Fresno, CA 93740, USA.
  • 2: Create-Net, Via Solteri 3838100 Trento, Italy.
  • 3: Department of Computer Science, The University of Texas at Dallas Richardson, TX 75083, USA
*Contact email: mingli@csufresno.edu, anthonyalvarez@csufresno.edu, francesco.depellegrini@create-net.org, praba@utdallas.edu, chlamtac@create-net.org

Abstract

Robotic swarm has been a hot topic in recent years. In robotic swarms, a team of network enabled bots are dispatched to some areas to fulfill certain tasks, such as military actions and chemical substance tracking. However, how to monitor, control, and coordinate swarms in a real-time manner such that robots can collaborate efficiently and effectively is a challenging issue. In this paper, a real-time software on enforcing the monitoring, control, and coordination of intelligent robotic swarms (ROBOTRAK) has been developed. All the designed features and functionalities have been successfully implemented with user friendly graphical user interfaces (GUI) and extensively tested in various scenarios such as multiple robots and multiple servers running the ROBOTRAK software. Results show that ROBOTRAK is user friendly and can help monitor, control, and coordinate robotic swarms timely, effectively, and efficiently.