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DE Seminar: Federico Zegers

Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory


Mathematics/Psychology : 401

Date & Time

April 22, 2024, 11:00 am12:00 pm


Title Timer-Based Coverage Control for Mobile Sensors
Speaker: Federico Zegers

AbstractThis work studies the coverage control problem over a static, bounded, and convex workspace and develops a hybrid extension of the continuous-time Lloyd algorithm. Each agent in a multi-agent system (MAS) is equipped with a timer that generates intermittent sampling events, which may occur asynchronously between agents. At each sampling event, the corresponding agents update their controllers, which are otherwise held constant. These controllers are shown to drive the MAS into a neighborhood of the configurations corresponding to a centroidal Voronoi tessellation, that is, a local minimizer of the standard locational cost. The result is a distributed control strategy that leverages intermittent and asynchronous position measurements to disperse the agents within the workspace. The combination of continuous-time dynamics with intermittently updated control inputs is modeled as a hybrid system. The coverage control objective is posed as a set stabilization problem for hybrid systems, where an invariance-based convergence analysis yields sufficient conditions that ensure all maximal solutions of the hybrid system asymptotically converge to a desired set. A brief simulation example is included to showcase the result.