Jorge Cortés


Distributed algorithms for robotic networks
F. Bullo, J. Cortés, and S. Martínez
Encyclopedia of Complexity and System Science, R. A. Meyers, editor-in-chief, Springer-Verlag, 2009, entry 00168


The study of distributed algorithms for robotic networks is motivated by the recent emergence of low-power, highly-autonomous devices equipped with sensing, communication, processing, and control capabilities. In the near future, cooperative robotic sensor networks will perform critical tasks in disaster recovery, homeland security, and environmental monitoring. Such networks will require efficient and robust distributed algorithms with guaranteed quality-of-service. In order to design coordination algorithms with these desirable capabilities, it is necessary to develop new frameworks to design and formalize the operation of robotic networks and novel tools to analyze their behavior.

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