Together with Mirgit Frasheri and Alessandro V. Papadopoulos (both Mälardalen University, Sweden), I wrote a paper on the. willingness to interact. This paper was accepted as full paper and for presentation at next years International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence. The paper is entitled “Modeling the Willingness to Interact in Cooperative Multi-Robot Systems”
Abstract: When multiple robots are required to collaborate in order to accomplish a specific task, they need to be coordinated in order to operate efficiently. To allow for scalability and robustness, we propose a novel distributed approach performed by autonomous robots based on their willingness to help each other. This willingness, based on their individual state, is used to inform a decision process of whether or not to interact with other robots within the environment. We study this new mechanism to form coalitions in the online multi-object k-coverage problem, and compare it with six other methods from the literature. We investigate the trade-off between the number of robots available and the number of potential targets in the environment. We show that the proposed method is able to provide comparable performance to the best method in the case of static targets, and to achieve a higher level of coverage with respect to the other methods when the targets are moving.