Urban Swarms: A new approach for autonomous waste management

by   Antonio Luca Alfeo, et al.

Modern cities are growing ecosystems that face new challenges due to the increasing population demands. One of the many problems they face nowadays is waste management, which has become a pressing issue requiring new solutions. Swarm robotics systems have been attracting an increasing amount of attention in the past years and they are expected to become one of the main driving factors for innovation in the field of robotics. The research presented in this paper explores the feasibility of a swarm robotics system in an urban environment. By using bio-inspired foraging methods such as multi-place foraging and stigmergy-based navigation, a swarm of robots is able to improve the efficiency and autonomy of the urban waste management system in a realistic scenario. To achieve this, a diverse set of simulation experiments was conducted using real-world GIS data and implementing different garbage collection scenarios driven by robot swarms. Results presented in this research show that the proposed system outperforms current approaches. Moreover, results not only show the efficiency of our solution, but also give insights about how to design and customize these systems.


page 2

page 3

page 4

page 5

page 6


Closing the Gap in Swarm Robotics Simulations: An Extended Ardupilot/Gazebo plugin

This work provides an extension of Ardupilot's capabilities to allow res...

Past, Present, and Future of Swarm Robotics

Swarm Robotics is an emerging field of adapting the phenomenon of natura...

Maximizing Energy Battery Efficiency in Swarm Robotics

Miniaturization and cost, two of the main attractive factors of swarm ro...

BittyBuzz: A Swarm Robotics Runtime for Tiny Systems

Swarm robotics is an emerging field of research which is increasingly at...

Employing Socially Assistive Robots in Elderly Care (longer version)

Recently, it has been considering robotics to face world population agin...

Top-down and Bottom-up Feature Combination for Multi-sensor Attentive Robots

The information available to robots in real tasks is widely distributed ...

What has been Revealed by Urban Grid Data of Shanghai

With the fast-growing economy in the past ten years, cities in China hav...

Please sign up or login with your details

Forgot password? Click here to reset