It is advantageous for colony robots to be autonomous and self-sufficient. This requires them to perform their duties while maintaining enough energy to operate. Previously, we reported the equipping of power storage for legged robots with high capacitance capacitors, the configuration of one of these robots to effectively use its power storage in a colony recharging system, and the learning of a control program that enabled the robot to navigate to a charging station in simulation. In this work, we report the learning of a control program that allowed the simulated robot to perform area coverage in a self-sufficient framework that made available the best pre-learned navigation behavior module.
Parker, G.; Zbeda, R., "Learning navigation for recharging a self-sufficient colony robot," Systems, Man and Cybernetics, 2007. ISIC. IEEE International Conference on , vol., no., pp.734,740, 7-10 Oct. 2007 doi: 10.1109/ICSMC.2007.4413695
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