Off-the-Shelf Distributed Robots (Cots-Bots)

Sarah Bergbreiter, Thomas Cheng, and Jon Novak
(Professor Kristofer S. J. Pister)

The goal of the Cots-Bots 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 toward providing a standard robot platform with a variety of modular sensor and actuator boards to test algorithms to solve these problems. Many of the algorithms demonstrated on the cots-bots platform will find future use in the Microrobot project.

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