Automatic modular assembly system and its distributed control

Yuzuru Terada, Satoshi Murata

研究成果: Article査読

46 被引用数 (Scopus)


Construction is difficult to automate because of its complexity. Introducing modularity into both structural components and a means of assembly solves the problem by simplifying the construction task. Based on this idea, we propose a novel concept of a fully automated construction system called the Automatic Modular Assembly System (AMAS). In this paper, we discuss the hardware system and distributed control method of AMAS. This system uses passive building blocks called "structure modules" and an assembler robot that is specialized to handle them. This "modular" concept drastically simplifies structural complexity. We have built a prototype model to evaluate its automatic construction capability. Then we introduce a distributed autonomous control for AMAS, which uses a gradient field to indicate the directions to the assembler robots. The gradient field is generated on the structure modules. To improve the efficiency, we introduce collision avoidance rules such as module relay and local negotiation via a blackboard. We also evaluate the overall performance of the distributed control with simulations.

ジャーナルInternational Journal of Robotics Research
出版ステータスPublished - 2008 3 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • ソフトウェア
  • モデリングとシミュレーション
  • 機械工学
  • 人工知能
  • 電子工学および電気工学
  • 応用数学


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