Survey Swarm

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Client: Ashkan Tousimojarad, ARM <>

Autonomous robots often have to work with an incomplete model of the world, and high-end devices such as the Dyson 360 Eye do their best to construct accurate image maps of the rooms they work in. But if there are many cheap robots, they can collaborate in a swarm to share information. Your task is to create sensing and coordination infrastructure so that a swarm of Pololu 3pi robots can use their reflection sensors to work out the overall design of a black and white floor pattern that they are moving over. To start with, they will have to use dead reckoning to collect single data points for the shared model. Eventually, they can reduce uncertainty (for example, if some robots seem less precise than others) by delegating individual robots to go and make further observations, navigating by the map of previous attempts.