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Distributed coverage control for concave areas by a heterogeneous Robot-Swarm with visibility sensing constraints. (English) Zbl 1371.93135
Summary: This article addresses the coverage problem of nonconvex environments by a mobile multi-robot system characterized by omnidirectional ‘field of view’ sensing capabilities. The mobile robotic network is heterogeneous in terms of robots’ sensing ranges. Moreover, each robot is capable of communicating with all robots located within a predefined distance from its position. A distributed gradient-based coordination scheme is proposed, based on a novel partitioning of the environment, leading the network to a local optimum of an area-wise criterion. Simulation studies are carried out verifying the efficiency of the proposed distributed control law.

MSC:
93C85 Automated systems (robots, etc.) in control theory
93A14 Decentralized systems
93C15 Control/observation systems governed by ordinary differential equations
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