ICS-Zooids - an experimental testbed for cooperative control strategies
In this paper, we present an experimental test bench to implement various cooperative control strategies for multi-agent systems, and illustrate its use with experimental results for a source-seeking problem, where a group of small wheeled robots termed as Zooids should locate a source of a given spatial scalar field. This algorithm is implemented as a validation to demonstrate the capabilities of the test bench. We propose to achieve this by utilising an internal target-based position controller, under the assumptions of convexity of the scalar, continuous/discrete field and availability of local measurements of the field, so that agents can calculate its gradient and its Hessian. We then show in experiments, that using estimated gradients and Hessians (with data communicated from neighbours) in the presence of noisy measurements of the field strength provides satisfactory results for convex fields, under various algorithms such as Steepest Descent, Gauss-Newton, Levenberg Marquardt. These algorithms are analysed, and experimental results are discussed.
Autonomous robotic systems
Networked robotic system modeling
Networked embedded control systems
Control under communication constraints
Control under computation constraints
Formation control Source-seeking