In this paper, a novel switched systems approach is taken to enable the distributed coordination of a multi-agent system with intermittent communication. A mobile information service provider switches between various (follower) agents in the network to provide them with state feedback when they are within close proximity. The follower agents do not have navigational sensors but are still proven to converge to a desired goal through open-loop control with intermittent error correction by the leader. A switched systems stability analysis is performed to determine the maximum dwell-time the mobile information service provider can intermittently communicate information to the agents to ensure convergence to the desired goal. Simulation results are included to demonstrate the development.
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Distributed Coordination of a Multi-Agent System With Intermittent Communication: A Switched Systems Approach
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Zegers, FM, Chen, H, Deptula, P, & Dixon, WE. "Distributed Coordination of a Multi-Agent System With Intermittent Communication: A Switched Systems Approach." Proceedings of the ASME 2018 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference. Volume 3: Modeling and Validation; Multi-Agent and Networked Systems; Path Planning and Motion Control; Tracking Control Systems; Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and Application; Unmanned Ground and Aerial Vehicles; Vibration in Mechanical Systems; Vibrations and Control of Systems; Vibrations: Modeling, Analysis, and Control. Atlanta, Georgia, USA. September 30–October 3, 2018. V003T30A003. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/DSCC2018-8954
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