AI News, Bioinspired robots can now learn to swarm on the go

Bioinspired robots can now learn to swarm on the go

The team used artificial evolution to enable the robots to automatically learn swarm behaviors which are understandable to humans.

This new advance published today in Advanced Intelligent Systems, could create new robotic possibilities for environmental monitoring, disaster recovery, infrastructure maintenance, logistics and agriculture.

By using a custom-made swarm of robots with high processing power embedded within the swarm, the Bristol team were able to discover which rules give rise to desired swarm behaviors.

By freeing the swarm of external infrastructure, and by showing that it is possible to analyze, understand and explain the generated controllers, the researchers will move towards the automatic design of swarm controllers in real-world applications.

In the future, starting from scratch, a robot swarm could discover a suitable strategy directly in situ, and change the strategy when the swarm task, or environment changes.

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