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Vision-Based, Distributed Control Laws for Motion Coordination of Nonholonomic Robots

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4 Author(s)
Nima Moshtagh ; Gen. Robot., Autom., Sensing, & Perception Lab., Univ. of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA ; Nathan Michael ; Ali Jadbabaie ; Kostas Daniilidis

In this paper, we study the problem of distributed motion coordination among a group of nonholonomic ground robots. We develop vision-based control laws for parallel and balanced circular formations using a consensus approach. The proposed control laws are distributed in the sense that they require information only from neighboring robots. Furthermore, the control laws are coordinate-free and do not rely on measurement or communication of heading information among neighbors but instead require measurements of bearing, optical flow, and time to collision, all of which can be measured using visual sensors. Collision-avoidance capabilities are added to the team members, and the effectiveness of the control laws are demonstrated on a group of mobile robots.

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IEEE Transactions on Robotics  (Volume:25 ,  Issue: 4 )