The CoCoRo project aims to create an autonomous swarm of interacting, cognitive robots. CoCoRo will develop a swarm of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) that are able to interact with each other and which can balance tasks. Focal tasks of the CoCoRo-swarms are: ecological monitoring, searching, maintaining, exploring and harvesting resources in underwater habitats.
|Social insect trophallaxis||Social insect communication||Slime mold||Artificial neural networks|
|Bird movement algorithms||Fish school algorithm|
Cognition has not evolved without reason in animals. Instead, the cognition observed in natural organisms helps these organisms to cope with complex and dynamic environments. Also in “technical habitats”, such as networks of ICT, applications are facing growing complexity and unpredictability.
By developing an embodied and distributed system of AUVs, CoCoRo researches the potential of cognition-generating software, which is supported by a suitable hardware concept. The reason for choosing an underwater scenario is that a robotic system in such an environment faces new challenges that have not yet been solved. The inability to easily access the system in situ requires a high degree of autonomy of the agents. The complex and unpredictable environment requires great flexibility of the system and the three-dimensional mobility of the AUVs requires novel engineering principles and robot control approaches. For this purpose, collective cognitive capabilities derived from animals (e.g. social insect societies) will be used underwater for the first time.
CoCoRo‘s novel bio-inspired algorithms will expand the current state-of-the-art in swarm intelligence and swarm cognition to real robotic underwater swarms. These control algorithms will be abstracted to a level that they can serve as basic building blocks also for other applications in ICT, economy and society. CoCoRo plans to evaluate the cognitive swarm system similarly to the way scientists evaluate the level of cognition in natural organisms. By performing sophisticated experiments (meta-cognition) CoCoRo will compare experimental results to nature, evaluate scientific progress and cast new light on existing interpretations in the fields of biology, theology, meta-cognition, psychology, and philosophy.
|Global Swarm Level||Local Swarm Level||Individual Level|