John S. Baras


Decentralized control of autonomous vehicles

Baras, J.S., X. Tan and P. Hovareshti

42nd IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, Maui, Hawaii, 9-12 Dec. 2003.

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Decentralized control methods are appealing in coordination of multiple vehicles due to their low demand for long-range communication and their robustness to single-point failures. In this paper we explore a decentralized approach to path generation for a group of vehicles in a battlefield scenario. The mission is to maneuver the vehicles to cover a target area while avoiding obstacles and threats during the maneuver. Each vehicle makes its moving decision by minimizing a potential function that encodes information about its neighbours, obstacles, threats and the target. Preliminary analysis of vehicle behaviors is conducted. Simulation has shown that this approach leads to interesting emergent behaviors, and the behaviors can be varied by adjusting the weighting coefficients of different potential function terms.

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