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Both V-rep and Webots simulator says that they can simulate multiple robots. Is these simulators are capable for simulate swarm robots? Can I simulate the swarm intelligence algorithms like ACO, BeeClust algorithm, Stick pulling Algorithm, Occlusion Based Collective pushing etc. on these simulators? Which robot I have to select for implementing above algorithms? For implementing these algorithms which simulator will be better? Any suggestions is appreciated.

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  • $\begingroup$ Thank you. Edited question with more explanations. I saw some projects on Github which is integrated these simulators with ROS. That is why I think these simulators are not alone capable enough to do that job. That is why asked so. $\endgroup$ – Arun K S Jan 8 at 18:53
  • $\begingroup$ try contacting the two companies that publish the software and check their forums $\endgroup$ – jsotola Jan 8 at 19:03
  • $\begingroup$ i wonder if you may be able to do the same with Processing .... processing.org/examples/flocking.html $\endgroup$ – jsotola Jan 9 at 21:08
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It's important to separate between simulation and artificial intelligence. An environment for simulating hundreds of robots on the screen is called a game engine. It can be realized with standard programming languages for example Python/pygame. The user creates an array of objects and each objects has a position and a speed value. The graphics engine displays all the objects on the screen. This is called a realtime simulation.

The other part is the artificial intelligence to control the objects. Without an AI, the robots in the simulation has to be controlled manually or by a random generator. They are displayed at the screen with smoothly 60 frames per second, but it's unknown how to move them right so that robots are solving a task. In general, a simulator for displaying hundreds of objects is easy to realize. The more advanced part is to create the AI which drives the objects autonomously.

Simulators like Webots, V-Rep, Gazebo, pygame or Unity3D are the environment in which a robotics controller is developed. They are providing the graphics and the underlying physics engine. They are working as a game construction set in which the user can script a game.

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  • $\begingroup$ Could you please explain, are you saying I have to use Pygame and Python instead of Webots or V-rep? $\endgroup$ – Arun K S Jan 9 at 8:07
  • $\begingroup$ @ArunKS Most simulators are very equal. They are providing the same functionality and allowing to test out robotics controllers. $\endgroup$ – Manuel Rodriguez Jan 9 at 8:28
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Any general purpose robot simulator like V-REP or Webots can get your task done, though with not the best support for swarm robots in particular. ARGoS is a good platform for swarm robot simulation, maintained well enough with active contributors and shall allow you to inherently have support for centralized/de-centralized control.

The most common swarm robots are the Kilobots and the Khepera and ARGoS supports both of them.

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