Multi-robot collaboration with range-limited communication: Experiments with two underactuated ASVs

Filippo Arrichiello, Jnaneshwar Das, Hordur Heidarsson, Arvind Pereira, Stefano Chiaverini, Gaurav S. Sukhatme

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We present a collaborative team of two under-actuated autonomous surface vessels (ASVs) that performs a cooperative navigation task while satisfying a communication constraint. Our approach is based on the use of a hierarchical control structure where a supervisory module commands each vessel to perform prioritized elementary tasks, a behavior-based controller generates motion directives to achieve the assigned tasks, and a maneuvering controller generates the actuator commands to follow the motion directives. The control technique has been tested in a mission where a set of target locations spread across a planar environment has to be visited once by either of the two ASVs while maintaining a relative separation less than a given maximum distance (to guarantee inter-ASV wireless communication). Experiments were carried out in the field with a team of two ASVs visiting 22 locations on a lake surface (approximately 30000m2) with static obstacles. Results show a 30% improvement in mission time over the single-robot case.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)443-453
Number of pages11
JournalSpringer Tracts in Advanced Robotics
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Artificial Intelligence


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