144. DIRECTED SELF-ORGANIZATION IN MULTI AGENT SWARMS

Department: Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Faculty Advisor(s): Sonia Martinez Diaz

Primary Student
Name: Vishaal Krishnan
Email: v6krishn@ucsd.edu
Phone: 858-263-9598
Grad Year: 2019

Abstract
In this work, we address the problem of self-organization for multi-agent swarms in 1D and 2D spatial domains. We assume that the swarm consists of a very large number of agents and make a continuum approximation, specifying the configuration of the swarm through a spatial density distribution. Each individual agent is capable of measuring the current local density of agents and can communicate with its neighbors. The key feature of this work is that the agents do not have access to position information nor do they have the capability to measure the distances to their neighbors. The agents implement a distributed algorithm, which we call pseudo-localization, to localize themselves in a new coordinate frame, and a distributed control law to converge to the desired spatial density distribution. We start by studying self-organization in one-dimension, which is then followed by the two-dimensional case.

Industry Application Area(s)
Aerospace, Defense, Security | Control Systems | Internet, Networking, Systems

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