Multi-robot platooning in hostile environments
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The purpose of this thesis is to develop a testing environment for mobile robot experiments, to examine methods for multi-robot platooning through hostile environments, and test these algorithms on mobile robots. Such a system will allow us to rapidly address and test problems that arise concerning robot swarms and consequent interactions. In order to create this hardware simulation environment a test bed will be created using ROS or Robot Operating System. This platform is highly modular and extensible for future development. Trajectory generation for the robots will use smoothing splines, B-splines, and A* search. Each method has distinct properties which will be analyzed and rated with respect to its effectiveness with regards to robotic platooning. A few issues to be considered include: Is the optimal path taken with respect to distance and threats? Is the formation of the robots maintained or compromised during traversal of the path? And finally, what sorts of compromises or additions are needed to make each method effective? This work will be helpful for choosing route planning methods in future work and will provide a large code base for rapid prototyping.