The division of labor amongst a heterogeneous swarm of robots increases the range and sophistication of the tasks the swarm can accomplish. To efficiently execute a task the swarm of robots must have some starting organization. Over the past decade segregation of robotic swarms has grown as a field of research drawing inspiration from natural phenomena such as cellular segregation. A variety of different approaches have been undertaken to devise control methods to organize a heterogeneous swarm of robots. In this work, we present a convex optimization approach to segregate a heterogeneous swarm into a set of homogeneous collectives. We present theoretical results that show our approach is guaranteed to achieve complete segregation and validate our strategy in simulation and experiments.
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Segregation of Heterogeneous Robotics Swarms via Convex Optimization
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Edwards, V, Rezeck, P, Chaimowicz, L, & Hsieh, MA. "Segregation of Heterogeneous Robotics Swarms via Convex Optimization." Proceedings of the ASME 2016 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference. Volume 1: Advances in Control Design Methods, Nonlinear and Optimal Control, Robotics, and Wind Energy Systems; Aerospace Applications; Assistive and Rehabilitation Robotics; Assistive Robotics; Battery and Oil and Gas Systems; Bioengineering Applications; Biomedical and Neural Systems Modeling, Diagnostics and Healthcare; Control and Monitoring of Vibratory Systems; Diagnostics and Detection; Energy Harvesting; Estimation and Identification; Fuel Cells/Energy Storage; Intelligent Transportation. Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. October 12–14, 2016. V001T03A001. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/DSCC2016-9653
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