Using Cooperative Robots for Explosive Ordnance Disposal

Some of the most promising uses for multiple robot systems involve searching for items or resources in unconstrained and unknown environments. The use of robots to dispose of unexploded ordnance is an excellent example of one such application. This work explores the possibility of using a community of many autonomous robots to clear mine fields. These ideas were developed using small microrobots in a laboratory environment to simulate larger robots working outdoors. The robots were designed to work together, with
specialized communications and sensory hardware. The software uses a behavior-based approach to form a structured community from the local interactions of simple individuals.

McLurkin J
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Artificial Intelligence Laboratory