Control of Small Robot Squads in Complex Adversarial Environments: a Review
ARMY RESEARCH LAB ADELPHI MD
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While a number of excellent review articles on military robots have appeared in existing literature, this paper focuses on a distinct sub-space of related problems small military robots organized into moderately sized squads, operating in a ground combat environment. Specifically, we consider the following Command of practical small robots, comparable to current generation, small unmanned ground vehicles e.g., Pac,Bots with limited computing and sensor payload, as opposed to larger vehicle-sized robots or micro-scale robots Utilization of moderately sized practical forces of 3-10 robots applicable to currently envisioned military ground operations Complex three-dimensional physical environments, such as urban areas or mountainous terrains and the inherent difficulties they impose, including limited and variable fields of observation, difficult navigation, and intermittent communication Adversarial environments where the active, intelligent enemy is the key consideration in determining the behavior of the robotic force and Purposeful, partly autonomous, coordinated behaviors that are necessary for such a robotic force to survive and complete mission these are far more complex than, for example, formation control or field coverage behavior.
- Unconventional Warfare