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Blockchain: a new framework for swarm RObotic Systems

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Project "BROS" data sheet

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 Coordinator Country Belgium [BE]
 Project website
 Total cost 258˙530 €
 EC max contribution 258˙530 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2016
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-GF
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-09-01   to  2020-08-31


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 Project objective

Swarms of robots will revolutionize many industrial applications, from targeted material delivery to precision farming. However, the characteristics that make them ideal for certain future applications —robot autonomy, decentralized control, collective emergent behavior, etc.— can also be an obstacle when transferring this technology from academic institutions to real-world problems. Blockchain, an emerging technology originating in the Bitcoin field, demonstrates that by combining peer-to-peer networks with cryptographic algorithms a group of agents can reach an agreement on a particular state of affairs without the need for a controlling authority. Using a novel combination of blockchain technology and swarm robotics systems, BROS will generate new models to address three fundamental issues by using the robots as nodes in a network and encapsulating their transactions in blocks: First, new security models and methods can be implemented in order to give data confidentiality and entity validation to robot swarms, therefore making them suitable for trust-sensitive applications. Second, distributed decision-making and collaborative missions can be easily designed, implemented, and carried out by using special transactions in the blockchain, which enable robotic agents to vote and reach agreements. Third, robots may be able to function in diverse and changing environments without any change in their control algorithm, if their operation corresponds to different blockchains that use different parameters. In the initial stage, blockchain technology will be used as a main control plane in combination with novel large-scale robot simulation tools such as ARGoS. Finally, the feasibility of the models obtained under the previous objective will be validated in real-robot swarms, outputting a prototypical system that can serve as initial step towards transferring the proposed techniques from the academia into the industry.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Eduardo Castelló Ferrer, Thomas Hardjono, Marco Dorigo, Alex \'Sandy\' Pentland
Secure and secret cooperation of robotic swarms by using Merkle trees
published pages: , ISSN: 2331-8422, DOI:
ArXiv 2019-11-13
2018 Volker Strobel, Eduardo Castelló Ferrer, and Marco Dorigo.
Managing Byzantine Robots via Blockchain Technology in a Swarm Robotics Collective Decision Making Scenario
published pages: 541--549, ISSN: , DOI: 10.5555/3237383.3237464
International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS 2018) 2019-11-13
2019 Alex Khawalid, Dan Acristinii, Hans Van Toor, Eduardo Castelló Ferrer
Grex: A Decentralized Hive Mind
published pages: , ISSN: 2379-5980, DOI: 10.5195/ledger.2019.176
Ledger 4 2019-11-13
2018 Ferrer, Eduardo Castelló; Rudovic, Ognjen; Hardjono, Thomas; Pentland, Alex
RoboChain: A Secure Data-Sharing Framework for Human-Robot Interaction
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
International Conference on eHealth, Telemedicine, and Social Medicine eTELEMED 1 2019-11-13
2019 Alfeo, Antonio Luca; Ferrer, Eduardo Castelló; Carrillo, Yago Lizarribar; Grignard, Arnaud; Pastor, Luis Alonso; Sleeper, Dylan T.; Cimino, Mario G. C. A.; Lepri, Bruno; Vaglini, Gigliola; Larson, Kent; Dorigo, Marco; Pentland, Alex `Sandy\'
Urban Swarms: A new approach for autonomous waste management
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) 1 2019-11-13
2019 Aleksandr Kapitonov, Sergey Lonshakov, Ivan Berman, Eduardo Castelló Ferrer, Fabio P Bonsignorio, Vitaly Bulatov, Aleksandr Svistov
Robotic Services for New Paradigm Smart Cities Based on Decentralized Technologies
published pages: , ISSN: 2379-5980, DOI: 10.5195/ledger.2019.177
Ledger 4 2019-11-13
2019 Eduardo Castelló Ferrer, Thomas Hardjono, Alex Pentland
Editorial: Proceedings of the First Symposium on Blockchain and Robotics, MIT Media Lab, 5 December 2018
published pages: , ISSN: 2379-5980, DOI: 10.5195/ledger.2019.179
Ledger 4 2019-11-13

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