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Swarm robotics facility in ROS ?

asked 2011-09-13 00:03:31 -0500

Arkapravo gravatar image

updated 2011-10-24 04:59:20 -0500

I am interested in swarm robotics - I know about swarm simulation in Stage (ver 3.X.X and above - this works when I use stage and fails for stageros). I guess such swarm simulations may be possible in Gazebo (?).

Does ROS provide for any platform/package/software for swarm and/or multi-robot simulation ?

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  1. Richard T. Vaughan. Massively Multi-Robot Simulations in Stage. Swarm Intelligence, 2(2-4):189-208, 2008
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@kwc : Hi Ken, I am not getting much of a response on this question. Is there a award of a 'bounty' at answers.ros as in stackoverflow and superuser ?
Arkapravo gravatar imageArkapravo ( 2011-09-16 21:20:05 -0500 )edit
Others can vote your question up. Note that asking for a confirmation that there's no other solution in the entire eco-system is not really possible, for no one is familiar with every ROS package in the world. No reply likely means that there's not another version.
tfoote gravatar imagetfoote ( 2011-09-17 16:06:09 -0500 )edit
1 "The question was seen. If you didn't get a response then likely nobody has had time to answer you. Alternatively, it could be that nobody knows the answer."
kwc gravatar imagekwc ( 2011-09-19 11:58:46 -0500 )edit
@kwc : Okay, if it doesn't really suit the topics at answers.ros (I had to create the tag of swarm) then should we scrap it ?
Arkapravo gravatar imageArkapravo ( 2011-09-20 03:28:43 -0500 )edit
The question is appropriate, there just aren't any answers. Don't worry about cleaning it up.
kwc gravatar imagekwc ( 2011-09-20 04:09:38 -0500 )edit
@kwc : All right ! ....... hope hopen, I have added another screenshot ! ....
Arkapravo gravatar imageArkapravo ( 2011-09-21 00:36:08 -0500 )edit
@kwc : Multimaster support, planned for in Fuerte - can that be potentially an answer to this question ?
Arkapravo gravatar imageArkapravo ( 2011-09-23 05:17:08 -0500 )edit

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answered 2011-09-13 00:49:43 -0500

dornhege gravatar image

I think gazebo might be a bit overkill performance-wise although it is theoretically possible. Do you need gazebo for simulation?

There is a stage package for ROS if you were looking for that.

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@dornhege : I know about Stage (see the reference) - I am currently using Stage. I wanted to check out if ROS has any other leverages for swarm robotics.
Arkapravo gravatar imageArkapravo ( 2011-09-13 01:25:37 -0500 )edit
I was only referring to the fact that stage is supported in ROS directly. I'm not aware of other packages, but someone else might know some.
dornhege gravatar imagedornhege ( 2011-09-13 02:02:32 -0500 )edit
@dornhege : Yep - Stage works good, as of now my means for swarm robotics simulations. Any other software/packages will be most welcome.
Arkapravo gravatar imageArkapravo ( 2011-09-13 03:17:11 -0500 )edit

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