This paper was published as part of the conference proceedings for the Eighteenth International Conference on Advanced Robotics, which was held in Hong Kong, China. The article describes the hardware that I have designed for my swarm robotics construction system and demonstrates how stigmergy can be used to facilitate coordinated construction.
This technical report provides a more in-depth overview of the hardware presented as part of the conference paper: Structure and Markings as Stimuli for Autonomous Construction.
In this paper, I discuss the concept of stigmergy and how it has been used so far in multi-robot construction. I rationalize the use of stigmergy for construction by providing scenarios where more traditional approaches to coordination would be insufficient.