Volume 23 Issue 6 - Publication Date: 1 June 2004
Formations for Fast Locomotion of Metamorphic Robotic Systems
A. Dumitrescu, I Suzuki University ofWisconsin–Milwaukee, Milwaukee,Wisconsin 53201, USA and M. Yamashita Kyushu University, Fukuoka 812-8581, Japan

In this paper, we examine the problem of dynamic selfreconfiguration of a modular robotic system (frequently referred to as a self-reconfigurable or metamorphic system), to a formation aimed at reaching a specified target position as quickly as possible. We present a number of fast formations for both rectangular and hexagonal systems, and prove upper and lower bounds on the speed of locomotion. In particular, the formations presented here achieve a constant ratio guarantee on the time to reach a given target in the asymptotic sense.

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