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The MARS (Mobile Autonomous Robot Software)-2020 project is a DARPA-sponsored robotics research project concerned with robot teams of Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs) and Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs). These teams will rely on communication-sensitive: mission specification, planning, and behaviors, to cooperate and complete their task.



Value-Based Communication Preservation for Mobile Robots
Matthew Powers, Tucker Balch
compressed postscript (845 kB) pdf (1.5 MB)

Internalized Plans for Communication-Sensitive Robot Team Behaviors
Alan R.Wagner, Ronald C. Arkin
compressed postscript (1.9 MB) pdf (443 kB)

Multi-Robot Communication-Sensitive Reconnaissance
Alan R.Wagner, Ronald C. Arkin
compressed postscript (928 kB) pdf (321 kB)

When Good Comms Go Bad: Communications Recovery For Multi-Robot Teams
Patrick D. Ulam, Ronald C. Arkin
compressed postscript (329 kB) pdf (390 kB)
  • April 2003 PI-Meeting (PPT)
  • Kick-off meeting (PPT)


  • We are using MissionLab as the vehicle for our research. MissionLab takes high-level military-style plans and executes them with teams of real or simulated robotic vehicles. MissionLab supports execution of multiple robots both in simulation and actual robotics platforms.



  • Georgia Tech's previous MARS project.
  • The Mobile Robot Laboratory Swiki - You can find relevant up-to-date documents, web links, and other resources here.