2-Dimensional Cellular Automata Approach for Robot Grid Formations

Ross Mead, Jerry B. Weinberg

One potentially cost-effective approach to harvesting solar power from space is the use of thousands of individual robots moving in formation, each with a piece of solar panel attached, to form a solar panel array. In previous work, we demonstrated an algorithm that treats a group of robots as a 1-dimensional cellular automaton, which is able to establish formations defined by a single mathematical function. We now extend the algorithm to establish grid formations.

Subjects: 17. Robotics; 15.4 Reactive Control

Submitted: Apr 8, 2008

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