Multiple robot co-ordination using particle swarm optimisation and bacteria foraging algorithm

Das, Saikishan and Prasanna, K (2010) Multiple robot co-ordination using particle swarm optimisation and bacteria foraging algorithm. BTech thesis.



The use of multiple robots to accomplish a task is certainly preferable over the use of specialised individual robots. A major problem with individual specialized robots is the idle-time, which can be reduced by the use of multiple general robots, therefore making the process economical. In case of infrequent tasks, unlike the ones like assembly line, the use of dedicated robots is not cost-effective. In such cases, multiple robots become essential. This work involves path-planning and co-ordination between multiple mobile agents in a static-obstacle environment. Multiple small robots (swarms) can work together to accomplish the designated tasks that are difficult or impossible for a single robot to accomplish. Here Particle Swarm Optimization (PSO) and Bacteria Foraging Algorithm (BFA) have been used for coordination and path-planning of the robots. PSO is used for global path planning of all the robotic agents in the workspace. The calculated paths of the robots are further optimized using a localised BFA optimization technique. The problem considered in this project is coordination of multiple mobile agents in a predefined environment using multiple small mobile robots. This work demonstrates the use of a combinatorial PSO algorithm with a novel local search enhanced by the use of BFA to help in efficient path planning limiting the chances of PSO getting trapped in the local optima. The approach has been simulated on a graphical interface.

Item Type:Thesis (BTech)
Uncontrolled Keywords:PSO(Particle Swarm Optimisation), BFA(Bacteria Foraging Algorithm, Multi-Robot Coordination
Subjects:Engineering and Technology > Mechanical Engineering
Divisions: Engineering and Technology > Department of Mechanical Engineering
ID Code:1886
Deposited On:19 May 2010 14:04
Last Modified:19 May 2010 14:04
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Supervisor(s):Parhi, D R

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