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  • 1.
    Adaldo, Antonio
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Automatic Control.
    Event-triggered and cloud-support control of multi-robot systems2018Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    In control of multi-robot systems, the aim is to obtain a coordinated behavior through local interactions among the robots. A multi-agent system is an abstract model of a multi-robot system. In this thesis, we investigate multi-agent systems where inter-agent communication is modeled by discrete events triggered by conditions on the internal state of the agents. We consider two models of communication. In the first model, two agents exchange information directly with each other. In the second model, all information is exchanged asynchronously over a shared repository. Four contributions on control algorithms for multi-agent systems are offered in the thesis. The first contribution is an event-triggered pinning control algorithm for a network of agents with nonlinear dynamics and time-varying topology. Pinning control is a strategy to steer the behavior of the system in a desired manner by controlling only a small fraction of the agents. We express the controllability of the network in terms of an average value of the network connectivity over time, and we show that all the agents can be driven to a desired reference trajectory. The second contribution is a control algorithm for multi-agent systems where inter-agent communication is substituted with a shared remote repository hosted on a cloud. The communication between each agent and the cloud is modeled as a sequence of events scheduled recursively by the agent. We quantify the connectivity of the network and we show that it is possible to synchronize the multi-agent system to the same state trajectory, while guaranteeing that two consecutive cloud accesses by the same agent are separated by a lower-bounded time interval. The third contribution is a family of distributed controllers for coverage and surveillance tasks with a network of mobile agents with anisotropic sensing patterns. We develop an abstract model of the environment under inspection and define a measure of the coverage attained by the sensor network. We show that the network attains nondecreasing coverage, and we characterize the equilibrium configurations of the network. The fourth contribution is a distributed, cloud-supported control algorithm for inspection of 3D structures with a network of mobile sensing agents, similar to those considered in the third contribution. We develop an abstract model of the structure to inspect and quantify the degree of completion of the inspection. We demonstrate that, under the proposed algorithm, the network is guaranteed to complete the inspection in finite time. All results presented in the thesis are corroborated by numerical simulations and sometimes by experiments with aerial robotic platforms. The experiments show that the theory and methods developed in the thesis are of practical relevance.

  • 2.
    Adaldo, Antonio
    et al.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Automatic Control.
    Dimarogonas, Dimos V.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Automatic Control.
    Johansson, Karl H.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Automatic Control.
    Cloud-supported effective coverage of 3D structures2018In: 2018 European Control Conference, ECC 2018, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2018, p. 95-100, article id 8550377Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this paper, we present a distributed algorithm for cloud-supported effective coverage of 3D structures with a network of sensing agents. The structure to inspect is abstracted into a set of landmarks, where each landmark represents a point or small area of interest, and incorporates information about position and orientation. The agents navigate the environment following the proposed control algorithm until all landmarks have reached a satisfactory level of coverage. The agents do not communicate with each other directly, but exchange data through a shared cloud repository which is accessed asynchronously and intermittently. We show formally that, under the proposed control architecture, the networked agents complete the coverage mission in finite time. The results are corroborated by simulations in ROS, and experimental evaluation is in progress.

  • 3.
    Adaldo, Antonio
    et al.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Automatic Control. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, ACCESS Linnaeus Centre.
    Liuzza, Davide
    Univ Sannio, Dept Engn, I-82100 Benevento, Italy..
    Dimarogonas, Dimos V.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Automatic Control. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, ACCESS Linnaeus Centre.
    Johansson, Karl H.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Centres, ACCESS Linnaeus Centre. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Automatic Control.
    Cloud-Supported Formation Control of Second-Order Multiagent Systems2018In: IEEE Transactions on Big Data, ISSN 2325-5870, E-ISSN 2168-6750, Vol. 5, no 4, p. 1563-1574Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper addresses a formation problem for a network of autonomous agents with second-order dynamics and bounded disturbances. Coordination is achieved by having the agents asynchronously upload (download) data to (from) a shared repository, rather than directly exchanging data with other agents. Well-posedness of the closed-loop system is demonstrated by showing that there exists a lower bound for the time interval between two consecutive agent accesses to the repository. Numerical simulations corroborate the theoretical results.

  • 4.
    Adaldo, Antonio
    et al.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Automatic Control.
    Mansouri, S. S.
    Kanellakis, C.
    Dimarogonas, Dimos V.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Automatic Control.
    Johansson, Karl H.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Automatic Control.
    Nikolakopoulos, G.
    Cooperative coverage for surveillance of 3D structures2017In: 2017 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2017, p. 1838-1845Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this article, we propose a planning algorithm for coverage of complex structures with a network of robotic sensing agents, with multi-robot surveillance missions as our main motivating application. The sensors are deployed to monitor the external surface of a 3D structure. The algorithm controls the motion of each sensor so that a measure of the collective coverage attained by the network is nondecreasing, while the sensors converge to an equilibrium configuration. A modified version of the algorithm is also provided to introduce collision avoidance properties. The effectiveness of the algorithm is demonstrated in a simulation and validated experimentally by executing the planned paths on an aerial robot.

  • 5. Boccia, Antonio
    et al.
    Adaldo, Antonio
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Automatic Control.
    Dimarogonas, Dimos V.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Automatic Control.
    di Bernardo, Mario
    Johansson, Karl H.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Automatic Control.
    Tracking a mobile target by multi-robot circumnavigation using bearing measurements2017In: 2017 IEEE 56th Annual Conference on Decision and Control, CDC 2017, IEEE , 2017, p. 1076-1081Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this paper, we study a problem of target tracking and circumnavigation with a network of autonomous agents. We propose a distributed algorithm to estimate the position of the target and drive the agents to rotate around it while forming a regular polygon and keeping a desired distance. We formally show that the algorithm attains exponential convergence of the agents to the desired polygon if the target is stationary, and bounded convergence if the target is moving with bounded speed. Numerical simulations corroborate the theoretical results and demonstrate the resilience of the network to addition and removal of agents.

  • 6.
    Cavaliere, Clara
    et al.
    Univ Naples Federico II, Dept Elect Engn & Informat Technol, Naples, Italy..
    Mariniello, Dario
    Univ Naples Federico II, Dept Elect Engn & Informat Technol, Naples, Italy..
    Adaldo, Antonio
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Automatic Control.
    Lo Iudice, Francesco
    Univ Naples Federico II, Dept Elect Engn & Informat Technol, Naples, Italy..
    Dimarogonas, Dimos V.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Automatic Control.
    Johansson, Karl H.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Automatic Control.
    di Bernardo, Mario
    Univ Naples Federico II, Dept Elect Engn & Informat Technol, Naples, Italy..
    Cloud-supported self-triggered control for multi-agent circumnavigation2018In: 2018 IEEE CONFERENCE ON DECISION AND CONTROL (CDC), IEEE , 2018, p. 5090-5095Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this paper, we propose a cloud-supported control framework for multi-agent circumnavigation missions. We consider a network of planar autonomous agents. Our objective is for the agents to circumnavigate a target with a desired angular speed, while forming a regular polygon around the target. We propose self-triggered rules to schedule the bearing measurements and the cloud accesses for each agent.

  • 7.
    Wei, Jieqiang
    et al.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Automatic Control. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Centres, ACCESS Linnaeus Centre.
    Zhang, Silun
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Mathematics (Dept.), Optimization and Systems Theory.
    Adaldo, Antonio
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Automatic Control. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Centres, ACCESS Linnaeus Centre.
    Hu, Xiaoming
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Mathematics (Dept.), Optimization and Systems Theory.
    Johansson, Karl Henrik
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Automatic Control. KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Centres, ACCESS Linnaeus Centre.
    Finite-time attitude synchronization with a discontinuous protocol2017In: 13th IEEE International Conference on Control and Automation, ICCA 2017, IEEE Computer Society, 2017, p. 192-197, article id 8003058Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A finite-time attitude synchronization problem is considered in this paper where the rotation of each rigid body is expressed using the axis-angle representation. One simple discontinuous and distributed controller using the vectorized signum function is proposed. This controller only involves the sign of the state differences of adjacent neighbors. In order to avoid the singularity introduced by the axis-angular representation, an extra constraint is added to the initial condition. It is proved that for some initial conditions, the control law achieves finite-time attitude synchronization. One simulated example is provided to verify the usage of the control protocol designed in this paper.

  • 8.
    Wei, Jieqiang
    et al.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Automatic Control.
    Zhang, Silun
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Mathematics (Dept.), Optimization and Systems Theory.
    Adaldo, Antonio
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Automatic Control.
    Johan, Thunberg
    Hu, Xiaoming
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Mathematics (Dept.), Optimization and Systems Theory.
    Johansson, Karl H.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Automatic Control.
    Finite-time attitude synchronization with distributed discontinuous protocols2018In: IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, ISSN 0018-9286, E-ISSN 1558-2523, Vol. 63, no 10, p. 3608-3615Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The finite-time attitude synchronization problem is considered in this paper, where the rotation of each rigid body is expressed using the axis-angle representation. Two discontinuous and distributed controllers using the vectorized signum function are proposed, which guarantee almost global and local convergence, respectively. Filippov solutions and non-smooth analysis techniques are adopted to handle the discontinuities. Sufficient conditions are provided to guarantee finite-time convergence and boundedness of the solutions. Simulation examples are provided to verify the performances of the control protocols designed in this paper.

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