Motion coordination for multi-agent networks

Francesco Bullo
UC Santa Barbara
Mechanical & Environmental Engineering

Motion coordination is an extraordinary phenomenon in biological systems, such as schools of fishes, as well as a remarkable tool for man-made groups of robotic vehicles and active sensors. Even though each individual agent has no global knowledge of the system, complex coordinated behaviors emerge from local interactions. In this talk I will describe some recently-developed algorithms and tools for motion coordination. In particular, the focus is on algorithms for various coordination tasks such as network deployment over a given region, rendezvous at a point, and vehicle routing. The proposed control and communication laws achieve the various coordination objectives requiring only spatially-distributed information.

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