Biologically inspired confinement of multi-robot systems

Musad A. Haque, Amir R. Rahmani, Magnus B. Egerstedt

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Confinement of a group of mobile robots is of significant interest to the multi-agent robotics community. We develop confinement strategies through simple biological models; in particular, we draw inspiration from the foraging techniques used by bottlenose dolphins to catch fish. For a multi-agent system, we achieve the following goals: 1 provide an algorithm for one group of agents to perpetually confine the other group 2 characterise the regions from which the herded agents are guaranteed to be captured. The simplicity of the model allows easy implementation in engineered devices (e.g., exploiting the collision avoidance modules already embedded in unmanned air and ground vehicles) and the richness of the model allows replication of a complex biological phenomenon, such as capturing of prey.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)213-224
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Bio-Inspired Computation
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2011


  • Biologically inspired design
  • Foraging robots
  • Multi-agent coordination
  • Perpetual Confinement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Theoretical Computer Science


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