Maryland Robotics Student Seminar: Multi-Agent Control Using Coverage Over Time-Varying Domains

Friday, October 2, 2020
2:00 p.m.
Online presentation. Registration required.

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Multi-Agent Control Using Coverage Over Time-Varying Domains

Xiaotian Xu
Ph.D Student, Mechanical Engineering
Advisor: Dr. Yancy Diaz-Mercado 

Multi-agent coverage control is used as a mechanism to influence the behavior of a group of robots by introducing time-varying domains. Complex multi-agent control is simplified by specifying the desired distribution and behavior of the robot team as a whole, i.e., the controllers of agents in a large team are synthesized to manipulate the entire team’s behavior.  In the proposed approach, design of the inputs to the multi-agent system, i.e., time-varying density and time-varying domain, are agnostic to the size of the system. The coverage optimization problem is modified to adopt time-varying domains and to coordinate the inter-team motion of agents, and the proposed control law is distributed and scalable and possesses an exponential convergence characteristic.

About the Robotics Student Seminars
The Robotics Student Seminars at the University of Maryland College Park are a student-run series of talks given by current robotics students.

The purpose of these talks is to:

  • Encourage interaction between Robotics students from different subfields;
  • Provide an opportunity for Robotics students to be aware of and possibly get involved in the research their peers are conducting;
  • Provide an opportunity for Robotics students to receive feedback on their current research;
  • Provide speaking opportunities for Robotics students.

Contact: Lena Johnson,

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