A Framework for Realistic Simulation of Networked Multi-Robot Systems

Date Added: Apr 2012
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Networked robotics is an area that integrates multi-robot and network technology. The characteristics and the reliability of the communication environment play a fundamental role shaping and affecting behavior and performance of a mobile multi-robot system. In this context, two basic questions arise: how much the overall performance is affected and how can the authors investigate this influence? Addressing these two questions, in this paper they present the architecture of an integrated simulation environment that allows for realistic simulation of networked robotic systems. The proposed framework integrates two simulators: a network simulator and a multi-robot simulator.