|Autonomous Task Allocation in a Swarm of Foraging Robots: An Approach Based on Response Threshold Sigmoid Model
Bao Pang, Yong Song*, Chengjin Zhang, HonglingWang, and Runtao Yang
International Journal of Control, Automation, and Systems, vol. 17, no. 4, pp.1031-1040, 2019
Abstract : "This paper proposes a task allocation model to adjust the number of working robots autonomously in
a swarm of foraging robots. In swarm foraging, the traffic congestion in foraging area and the physical interference
between robots can decrease the swarm performance significantly. We introduce the concept of traffic flow
density for the first time which can be used to reflect the traffic condition in the foraging area. The amount of
obstacle avoidance denotes the number of times physical interference generated in swarm foraging. The traffic flow
density and the amount of obstacle avoidance together adjust the value of the threshold. In the proposed response
threshold sigmoid model (RTSM), the individual robot can determine autonomously whether to forage or not on
the basis of the threshold and the external stimulus and the swarm system can complete the expected foraging task.
Simulation experiments are carried out with the aim of evaluating the performance of the proposed method. Several
performance measures are introduced to analyze the experimental results and compare to adaptive response
threshold model (ARTM). Experimental results verify that the RTSM improves foraging efficiency and decreases
the physical interference."
Foraging, physical interference, self-organized, swarm robotics, task allocation.