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Navigation of carlike robots in an extended dynamic environment with swarm avoidance

Sharma, Bibhya N. and Raj, Jai and Vanualailai, Jito (2017) Navigation of carlike robots in an extended dynamic environment with swarm avoidance. International Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control, TBC . pp. 1-21. ISSN 1049-8923

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In this paper, we propose a new solution to the motion planning and control problem for a team of carlike mobile robots traversing in an extended dynamic environment. Motivated by the emerging necessity to avoid or defend against a swarm of autonomous robots, the wide array of obstacles in this dynamic environment for the first time includes a swarm of boids governed separately by a system of ordinary differential equations. The swarm exhibits collective emergent behaviors, whereas the carlike mobile robots safely navigate to designated targets. We present a set of nonlinear continuous controllers for obstacle, collision, and swarm avoidance. The controllers provide a collision-free trajectory within a constrained workspace cluttered with various fixed and moving obstacles while satisfying the nonholonomic and kinodynamic constraints associated with the vehicular robotic system. An advantage of the proposed method is the ease in deriving the acceleration-based control laws from the Lyapunov-based control scheme. The effectiveness of the control laws is demonstrated via computer simulations. The novelty of this paper lies in the simplicity of the controllers and the ease in the treatment of an extended dynamic environment, which includes swarm avoidance.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) > School of Computing, Information and Mathematical Sciences
Depositing User: Bibhya Sharma
Date Deposited: 21 Aug 2017 00:28
Last Modified: 21 Aug 2017 00:28

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