The goal of the CotsBots project is to use commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components to build and deploy inexpensive and modular robots, which can be used to investigate algorithms and cooperation in large (>50) robot networks. Distributed robot networks have applications ranging from mapping and exploration to constructing complex systems. Work in BSAC is targeted towards providing a standard robot platform with a variety of modular sensor and actuator boards to test algorithms to solve these problems. In addition, we would like to explore the development of sensors that would be conform to the size of this platform and provide unique benefits. Many of the algorithms demonstrated on the cots-bots platform will find future use in the Microrobot project (KSJP4).
Project end date: 09/10/04