Multi-robot systems are increasingly deployed to provide services and accomplish missions whose complexity or cost is too high for a single robot to achieve on its own. Although multi-robot systems offer increased reliability via redundancy and enable the execution of more challenging missions, engineering these systems is very complex. This complexity affects not only the architecture modelling of the robotic team but also the modelling and analysis of the collaborative intelligence enabling the team to complete its mission. Existing approaches for the development of multi-robot applications do not provide a systematic mechanism for capturing these aspects and assessing the robustness of multi-robot systems. We address this gap by introducing ATLAS, a novel model-driven approach supporting the systematic robustness analysis of multi-robot systems in simulation. The ATLAS domain-specific language enables modelling the architecture of the robotic team and its mission, and facilitates the specification of the team’s intelligence. We evaluate ATLAS and demonstrate its effectiveness on two oceanic exploration missions performed by a team of unmanned underwater vehicles developed using the MOOS-IvP robotic simulator.
|Title of host publication||MODELS 2021: ACM/IEEE 24th International Conference on Model Driven Engineering Languages and Systems (MODELS)|
|Publication status||E-pub ahead of print - 1 Aug 2021|