Swarm robotics: From sources of inspiration to domains of application

Sahin E.

SWARM ROBOTICS, vol.3342, pp.10-20, 2005 (SCI-Expanded) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 3342
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Journal Name: SWARM ROBOTICS
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED)
  • Page Numbers: pp.10-20
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Swarm robotics is a novel approach to the coordination of large numbers of relatively simple robots which takes its inspiration from social insects. This paper proposes a definition to this newly emerging approach by 1) describing the desirable properties of swarm robotic systems, as observed in the system-level functioning of social insects, 2) proposing a definition for the term swarm robotics, and putting forward a set of criteria that can be used to distinguish swarm robotics research from other multi-robot studies, 3) providing a review of some studies which can act as sources of inspiration, and a list of promising domains for the utilization of swarm robotic systems.