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Title: NEXUS: A Research Platform for Robot Swarms
Author(s): Adriana Milăşan   Bogdan Băbuş   Andrei Frîncu   Andrei Gheorghe   Cristian Molder            

Abstract: Although currently only in development, robot swarm systems will be used to solve tasks at a lower cost and complexity comparing to their classic and complex single robot counterparts. The article presents the NEXUS robots, a new, low cost, flexible and modular research platform which is used in the study of robot swarm systems. This multidisciplinary domain includes, among other, hardware aspects – both with their electronic and mechanical issues, real time digital image processing algorithms, network communications and multiagent artificial intelligence. The main philosophy behind the NEXUS robot design is the use of widely available low-cost devices, to provide modularity for the future development of current modules or the addition of new ones, ease of testing and programming, and a hand-on base for postgraduate studies in the field of robotics and automation.

Keywords: robot swarms, multiagent systems, digital image processing, embedded systems.

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