Fuzzy Distributed Cooperative Tracking For A Swarm Of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles With Heterogeneous Goals
Kladis, Georgios P.
Prathyush, P. Menon
International Journal of Systems Science
Taylor & Francis
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This article proposes a systematic analysis for a tracking problem which ensures cooperation amongst a swarm of UAVs, modelled as nonlinear systems with linear and angular velocity constraints, in order to achieve different goals. A distributed Takagi-Sugeno (TS) framework design is adopted for the representation of the nonlinear model of the dynamics of the UAVs. The distributed control law which is introduced is composed of both node and network level information. Firstly feedback gains are synthesised using a Parallel Distributed Compensation (PDC) control law structure, for a collection of isolated UAVs; ignoring communications among the swarm. Then secondly, based on an alternation-like procedure, the resulting feedback gains are used to determine Lyapunov matrices which are utilised at network level to incorporate into the control law the relative differences in the states of the vehicles, and to induce cooperative behaviour. Eventually stability is guaranteed for the entire swarm. The control synthesis is performed using tools from linear control theory: in particular the design criteria are posed as Linear Matrix Inequalities (LMIs). An example based on a UAV tracking scenario is included to outline the efficacy of the approach.
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
Copyright © 2015 Taylor & Francis This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in International Journal of Systems Science on 29 December 2015, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/00207721.2015.1126380
Published online 29 December 2015