Definition

swarm robotics

Contributor(s): Matthew Haughn

Swarm robotics is the use of numerous, autonomous robotics to accomplish a task. Robot swarms coordinate the behaviours of a large number of relatively simple robots in a decentralised manner. Swarm robotics plays an important role in the development of collective artificial intelligence (AI). Current uses for robot swarms include search and rescue, precision agriculture, supply chain management (SCM) and military reconnaissance.

Swarm robotics attempts to draw on the ways social organisms, such as insects, use collaborative behaviors to achieve complex tasks beyond any individual’s capability. For example, researchers in swarm robotics might study how bees mark trails with pheromones to map geographical locations. The researchers might then use the bee's algorithms to replicate that same behavior with robots.

This video from PBS Digital Studios takes a look at robot swarms.

This was last updated in June 2017

Continue Reading About swarm robotics

Dig Deeper on AI business strategies

Start the conversation

Send me notifications when other members comment.

Please create a username to comment.

-ADS BY GOOGLE

File Extensions and File Formats

SearchBusinessAnalytics

SearchCRM

SearchCIO

SearchDataManagement

SearchERP

Close