Multi-Agent Push Behaviors for Large Sets of Passive Objects* ** This research supported in part by NSF awards CNS-0551685, CCF-0833199, CCF-1423111, CCF-0830753, IIS-0916053, IIS-0917266, EFRI-1240483, RI-1217991, by NIH NCI R25 CA090301-11, and by Asociación Mexicana de Cultura A.C. Conference Paper uri icon


  • © 2016 IEEE. We present a reactive multi-agent push system for a large set of objects. The behavior for the pushing agents consists of: 1) selecting and updating an object set to push, 2) reaching positions near the objects to start influencing, 3) pushing the objects along a path to the goal region, and 4) regrouping when needed to ensure the group is packed tightly enough. The emergent properties of the behavior allow us to test how effectively a group of agents can push a set of objects through the environment with different strategies.

author list (cited authors)

  • Rodriguez, S., Morales, M., & Amato, N. M.

citation count

  • 4

publication date

  • October 2016