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Deploy and Search Strategy for Multi-agent systems using Voronoi partitions

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2 Author(s)
Guruprasad K. R. ; National Institute of Technology Karnataka, India ; Debasish Ghose

In this paper we analyze a deploy and search strategy for multi-agent systems. Mobile agents equipped with sensors carry out search operation in the search space. The lack of information about the search space is modeled as an uncertainty density distribution over the space, and is assumed to be known to the agents a priori. In each step, the agents deploy themselves in an optimal way so as to maximize per step reduction in the uncertainty density. We analyze the proposed strategy for convergence and spatial distributedness. The control law moving the agents has been analyzed for stability and convergence using LaSalle's in- variance principle, and for spatial distributedness under a few realistic constraints on the control input such as constant speed, limit on maximum speed, and also sensor range limits. The simulation experiments show that the strategy successfully reduces the average uncertainty density below the required level.

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Voronoi Diagrams in Science and Engineering, 2007. ISVD '07. 4th International Symposium on

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9-11 July 2007