Undergraduate robotics students often find it difficult to design and validate control algorithms for teams of mobile robots. This is mainly due to two reasons. First, very rarely educational laboratories are equipped with large teams of robots, which are usually expensive, bulky and difficult to manage and maintain. Second, robotics simulators often require student to spend much time to learn their use and functionalities. For this purpose, a simulator of multi-agent mobile robots named MARS has been developed within the Matlab environment, with the aim of facilitating students to simulate a wide variety of control algorithms in an easy way and without spending time for understanding a new language. Through this facility, the user is able to simulate multi-robot teams performing different tasks, from cooperative to competitive ones, by using both centralized and distributed controllers. Virtual sensors are provided to simulate real devices. A graphical user interface allows students to monitor the robots behaviour through an online animation.

Casini, M., Garulli, A. (2016). MARS: An Educational Environment for Multiagent Robot Simulations. MODELLING AND SIMULATION IN ENGINEERING, 2016, 1-13 [10.1155/2016/5914706].

MARS: An Educational Environment for Multiagent Robot Simulations

CASINI, MARCO;GARULLI, ANDREA
2016-01-01

Abstract

Undergraduate robotics students often find it difficult to design and validate control algorithms for teams of mobile robots. This is mainly due to two reasons. First, very rarely educational laboratories are equipped with large teams of robots, which are usually expensive, bulky and difficult to manage and maintain. Second, robotics simulators often require student to spend much time to learn their use and functionalities. For this purpose, a simulator of multi-agent mobile robots named MARS has been developed within the Matlab environment, with the aim of facilitating students to simulate a wide variety of control algorithms in an easy way and without spending time for understanding a new language. Through this facility, the user is able to simulate multi-robot teams performing different tasks, from cooperative to competitive ones, by using both centralized and distributed controllers. Virtual sensors are provided to simulate real devices. A graphical user interface allows students to monitor the robots behaviour through an online animation.
Casini, M., Garulli, A. (2016). MARS: An Educational Environment for Multiagent Robot Simulations. MODELLING AND SIMULATION IN ENGINEERING, 2016, 1-13 [10.1155/2016/5914706].
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