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A combined auction mechanism for online instant planning in multi-robot transportation problem

  • Jonban, Mansour Selseleh (Young Researchers and Elite Club, Ahar Branch, Islamic Azad University) ;
  • Akbarimajd, Adel (Electrical Engineering Department, Faculty of Engineering, University of Mohaghegh Ardabili) ;
  • Hassanpour, Mohammad (Young Researchers and Elite Club, Ahar Branch, Islamic Azad University)
  • Received : 2017.04.26
  • Accepted : 2018.12.13
  • Published : 2018.09.25

Abstract

Various studies have been performed to coordinate robots in transporting objects and different artificial intelligence algorithms have been considered in this field. In this paper, we investigate and solve Multi-Robot Transportation problem by using a combined auction algorithm. In this algorithm each robot, as an agent, can perform the auction and allocate tasks. This agent tries to clear the auction by studying different states to increase payoff function. The algorithm presented in this paper has been applied to a multi-robot system where robots are responsible for transporting objects. Using this algorithm, robots are able to improve their actions and decisions. To show the excellence of the proposed algorithm, its performance is compared with three heuristic algorithms by statistical simulation approach.

Keywords

multi-agent system;multi-robot coordination;multi-robot transportation;task allocation;auction mechanism

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