Invariant Set Distributed Explicit Reference Governors for Provably Safe On-Board Control of Nano-Quadrotor Swarms

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This article provides a theory for provably safe and computationally efficient distributed constrained control, and describes an application to a swarm of nano-quadrotors with limited on-board hardware and subject to multiple state and input constraints. We provide a formal extension of the explicit reference governor framework to address the case of distributed systems. The efficacy, robustness, and scalability of the proposed theory is demonstrated by an extensive experimental validation campaign and a comparative simulation study on single and multiple nano-quadrotors. The control strategy is implemented in real-time on-board palm-sized unmanned erial vehicles, and achieves safe swarm coordination without relying on any offline trajectory computations.

Originele taal-2English
Artikelnummer663809
Pagina's (van-tot)1-23
Aantal pagina's23
TijdschriftFrontiers in Robotics and AI
Volume8
DOI's
StatusPublished - 22 jun 2021

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Copyright © 2021 Convens, Merckaert, Vanderborght and Nicotra.

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