Autonomous task sequencing in a robot swarm

Robot swarms mimic natural systems in which collective abilities emerge from the interaction of individuals. So far, the swarm robotics literature has focused on the emergence of mechanical abilities (e.g., push a heavy object) and simple cognitive abilities (e.g., select a path between two alternatives). In this article, we present a robot swarm in which a complex cognitive ability emerged. This swarm was able to collectively sequence tasks whose order of execution was a priori unknown. Bec…
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