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SRI Robotics Centibots.png
Centibots in 2003
Manufacturer SRI International
Year of creation 2003
Derived from ActivMedia Robotics Amigobots
Website www.ai.sri.com/centibots/

Centibots were robots created around 2003 and designed to coordinate in large numbers in order to achieve a single goal, an early example of swarm robotics. The $2.2 million project was sponsored by DARPA and had principal investigator SRI International along with other investigators University of Washington's Robotics and State Estimation Lab, Stanford University and ActivMedia Robotics.[1][2][3] SRI's Artificial Intelligence Center was known for previous work in robotics, in particular Shakey the robot and related research.

There were a total of 100 robots, 80 of which were ActivMedia Robotics Amigobots and the remaining 20 were ActivMedia Pioneer 2 AT bots.[4][5] The robots were used to map out an area or locate an object of interest.[4][6][7]


  1. ^ "Centibots Project Home Page". SRI International Artificial Intelligence Center. 
  2. ^ "Centibots: The 100 Robots Project". University of Washington Robotics and State Estimation Lab. Archived from the original on 2013-02-01. Retrieved 2012-07-29. 
  3. ^ Ackerman, Elise (2004-01-13). "Army of robots drills for new military project". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 2012-07-29. 
  4. ^ a b "Watch out, the Centibots are invading LinuxWorld". Linux for Devices. 2003-07-30. Retrieved 2012-07-29. 
  5. ^ "Centibots 100-Robot Collaborative Reconnaissance Project". ActivMedia Robotics. Archived from the original on 2011-07-14. Retrieved 2012-07-29. 
  6. ^ D. Fox; J. Ko; K. Konolige; B. Limketkai; D. Schulz & B. Stewart. "Distributed Multi-Robot Exploration and Mapping". Proceedings of the IEEE. University of Washington Robotics and State Estimation Lab. Retrieved 2012-07-29. 
  7. ^ Ackerman, Elise (2004-01-16). "Army of robots drills for military project". The Kansas City Star. Archived from the original on 2005-02-14. Retrieved 2012-07-29. 

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