Multiattribute Utility Copulas for Multi-objective Coverage Control

Christopher G. Valicka, Richard A. Rekoske, Dušan M. Stipanovic, Ali E. Abbas
2014 Paladyn: Journal of Behavioral Robotics  
AbstractThis paper presents theoretical and experimental results related to the control and coordination of multirobot systems interested in dynamically covering a compact domain while remaining proximal, so as to promote robust inter-robot communications, and while remaining collision free with respect to each other and static obstacles. A design for a novel, gradient-based controller using nonnegative definite objective functions and an overapproximation to the maximum function is presented.
more » ... y using a multiattribute utility copula to scalarize the multiobjective control problem, a control law is presented that allows for flexible tuning of the tradeofs between objectives. This procedure mitigates the controller's dependence on objective function parameters and allows for the straightforward integration of a novel global coverage objective. Simulation and experiments demonstrate the controller's efectiveness in promoting scenarios with collision free trajectories, robust communications, and satisfactory coverage of the entire coverage domain concurrently for a group of differential drive robots.
doi:10.2478/pjbr-2014-0002 fatcat:3cq5wzg5ljdwvgxo6h5fh3qyoa