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Coordination of multiple mobile robots with limited communication range in pursuit of single mobile target in cluttered environment
Received:2008/11/13  Revised:2009/7/28
Keywords:Multirobot system  Distributed control  Mobile network  Probabilistic strategy  Limited communication range  Target tracking  Coordinated control
Fund Project:This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No.60434030). Part of the work has been published in the 17th IFAC World Congress held in Seoul, Korea.
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Jianying ZHENG School of Urban Trail Transportation, Soochow University, Suzhou Jiangsu 215006, China zhengjy@sia.cn 
Haibin YU Shenyang Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shenyang Liaoning 110016, China  
Meng ZHENG Shenyang Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shenyang Liaoning 110016, China  
Wei LIANG Shenyang Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shenyang Liaoning 110016, China  
Peng ZENG Shenyang Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shenyang Liaoning 110016, China  
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Abstract:
      This paper addresses the problem of coordinating multiple mobile robots in searching for and capturing a mobile target, with the aim of reducing the capture time. Compared with the previous algorithms, we assume that the target can be detected by any robot and captured successfully by two or more robots. In this paper, we assume that each robot has a limited communication range. We maintain the robots within a mobile network to guarantee the successful capture. In addition, the motion of the target is modeled and incorporated into directing the motion of the robots to reduce the capture time. A coordination algorithm considering both aspects is proposed. This algorithm can greatly reduce the expected time of capturing the mobile target. Finally, we validate the algorithm by the simulations and experiments.
Jianying ZHENG,Haibin YU,Meng ZHENG,Wei LIANG and Peng ZENG.Coordination of multiple mobile robots with limited communication range in pursuit of single mobile target in cluttered environment[J].Journal of Control Theory and Applications,2010,8(4):441~446.
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