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Visual Control for Multirobot Organized Rendezvous

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4 Author(s)
Gonzalo Lopez-Nicolas ; Instituto de Investigación en Ingeniería de Aragón, Universidad de Zaragoza, Zaragoza, Spain ; Miguel Aranda ; Youcef Mezouar ; Carlos Sagues

This paper addresses the problem of visual control of a set of mobile robots. In our framework, the perception system consists of an uncalibrated flying camera performing an unknown general motion. The robots are assumed to undergo planar motion considering nonholonomic constraints. The goal of the control task is to drive the multirobot system to a desired rendezvous configuration relying solely on visual information given by the flying camera. The desired multirobot configuration is defined with an image of the set of robots in that configuration without any additional information. We propose a homography-based framework relying on the homography induced by the multirobot system that gives a desired homography to be used to define the reference target, and a new image-based control law that drives the robots to the desired configuration by imposing a rigidity constraint. This paper extends our previous work, and the main contributions are that the motion constraints on the flying camera are removed, the control law is improved by reducing the number of required steps, the stability of the new control law is proved, and real experiments are provided to validate the proposal.

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IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, Part B (Cybernetics)  (Volume:42 ,  Issue: 4 )