Energy Efficient Communication with Lossless Data Encoding for Swarm Robot Coordination
Energy efficient communication is a key aspect of swarm robot systems working collaboratively towards accomplishing complex missions. We propose a coding scheme inspired by Huffman encoding for lossless data compression optimized for swarm robot communication. In this approach, the perception information on each robot is encoded with known values based on which the algorithm is optimized. The proposed method is implemented and tested on the Intel Edison platform with custom robot chassis. UWB (Ultra-Wide Band) based communication technology is integrated on this platform for enabling robot-to-robot communication. Experiments performed using the proposed approach demonstrate ~46% reduction in power dissipation compared to normal data exchange.
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