Geometric Learning and Topological Inference with Biobotic Networks: Convergence Analysis [article]

Alireza Dirafzoon, Alper Bozkurt, Edgar Lobaton
2016 arXiv   pre-print
In this study, we present and analyze a framework for geometric and topological estimation for mapping of unknown environments. We consider agents mimicking motion behaviors of cyborg insects, known as biobots, and exploit coordinate-free local interactions among them to infer geometric and topological information about the environment, under minimal sensing and localization constraints. Local interactions are used to create a graphical representation referred to as the encounter graph. A
more » ... is estimated over the encounter graph of the agents in order to construct a geometric point cloud using manifold learning techniques. Topological data analysis (TDA), in particular persistent homology, is used in order to extract topological features of the space and a classification method is proposed to infer robust features of interest (e.g. existence of obstacles). We examine the asymptotic behavior of the proposed metric in terms of the convergence to the geodesic distances in the underlying manifold of the domain, and provide stability analysis results for the topological persistence. The proposed framework and its convergences and stability analysis are demonstrated through numerical simulations and experiments.
arXiv:1607.00051v1 fatcat:ecr623dbtbdx7cbl72rdbyhdni