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Engineering of Complex Computer Systems, IEEE International Conference on (2004)
Florence, Italy
Apr. 14, 2004 to Apr. 16, 2004
ISSN: 1050-4729
ISBN: 0-7695-2109-6
pp: 231-238
Walt Truszkowski , NASA GSFC
James Rash , NASA GSFC
Mike Hinchey , NASA GSFC
NASA is studying advanced technologies for a future robotic exploration mission to the asteroid belt. This mission, the prospective ANTS (Autonomous Nano Technology Swarm) mission, will comprise of 1,000 autonomous robotic agents designed to cooperate in asteroid exploration. The emergent properties of swarm type missions make them powerful, but at the same time are more difficult to design and assure that the proper behaviors will emerge. We are currently investigating formal methods and techniques for verification and validation of future swarm-based missions. The advantage of using formal methods is their ability to mathematically assure the behavior of a swarm, emergent or otherwise. The ANT mission is being used as an example and case study for swarm-based missions for which to experiment and test current formal methods with intelligent swarms. Using the ANTS mission, we have evaluated multiple formal methods to determine their effectiveness in modeling and assuring swarm behavior.

M. Hinchey, W. Truszkowski, J. Rash, C. Rouff and A. Vanderbilt, "Verification of NASA Emergent Systems," Engineering of Complex Computer Systems, IEEE International Conference on(ICECCS), Florence, Italy, 2004, pp. 231-238.
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