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Title:Design of environments to control robotic behavior
Author(s):Gossman, Katrina
Advisor(s):LaValle, Steven M.
Department / Program:Computer Science
Discipline:Computer Science
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Multi-Robot Systems
Abstract:The improvement of robots is an ongoing and complex area of research. Whether those improvements are cost-efficiency, task completion, or versatility, the design changes are usually within the robots themselves. Although there are many applications of robots which require adaptation to an uncontrollable or unpredictable environment, there are still many applications in which a custom made interactive environment is not only feasible, but preferable. By developing an understanding of how a well designed environment can effect or control a robot's actions and decisions, we improve our ability to design large systems which effectively and efficiently complete tasks, without the high cost and complexity of stand-alone robots. Multi-robot systems are increasing in popularity and improving in functionality. Whereas many multi-robot systems are designed to incorporate some concepts of minimalism, they are still using complex, expensive robots. By designing the environment as well as the robots, we can reduce these costs while maintaining or even improving, the functionality of the system.
Issue Date:2012-05-22
Rights Information:Copyright 2012 Katrina Gossman
Date Available in IDEALS:2012-05-22
Date Deposited:2012-05

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