Jorge Cortés

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Coalition formation and motion coordination for optimal deployment
M. Ouimet, J. Cortés
Proceedings of the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control and European Control Conference, Orlando, Florida, USA, 2011, pp. 6882-6887


Abstract

This paper presents a distributed algorithmic solution to achieve network configurations where agents cluster into coincident groups that are distributed optimally over the environment. The motivation for this problem comes from spatial estimation tasks executed with unreliable sensors. We propose a probabilistic strategy that combines a repeated game governing the formation of coalitions with a spatial motion component governing their location. We establish the convergence of the agents to coincident groups of a desired size in finite time and the asymptotic convergence of the overall network to the optimal deployment, both with probability 1. The algorithm is robust to agent addition and subtraction. From a game perspective, the algorithm is novel in that the players' information is limited to neighboring clusters. From a motion coordination perspective, the algorithm is novel because it brings together two basic tasks, rendezvous (individual agents into clusters) and deployment (clusters in the environment). The technical approach draws on tools from computational geometry, game theory, and probability theory.

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