Challenges and Progress in Swarm Autonomy

David Koelle

AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2022, Denver, CO (April 2022)

The growing use of uncrewed and increasingly autonomous vehicles across civilian and military applications starts to establish a future in which multiple vehicles can work together to achieve tasks. To bring these multi-robot teams, or swarms, into physical existence to aid human workers, several challenges must be addressed, and are currently under active research and development in academia and industry. These include notions of heterogeneity in the composition of swarms, task allocation, and challenges with real-world communications. This manuscript surveys the considerations and challenges in these areas and presents information about work that Charles River Analytics has performed on swarm systems through our Swarm Coordination Framework capability.

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