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Collaborative Behavior for Vehicle Replacement in AUV Formations

[+] Author Affiliations
Andrew G. Rajala, Dean B. Edwards, Micheal O’Rourke

University of Idaho

Paper No. IMECE2005-80081, pp. 141-149; 9 pages
  • ASME 2005 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Dynamic Systems and Control, Parts A and B
  • Orlando, Florida, USA, November 5 – 11, 2005
  • Conference Sponsors: Dynamic Systems and Control Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4216-9 | eISBN: 0-7918-3769-6
  • Copyright © 2005 by ASME


The Navy would like to use platoons of cooperating Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) for large area underwater mine countermeasures (MCM). Collaborative behavior requires a common language, control structure, and logic so the AUVs can coordinate their action through communication. The loss of an AUV (can no longer perform assigned tasks) is a problem the formation is likely to face. The formation must compensate for lost AUVs, or time would be wasted in researching the area. In order to replace a lost AUV, the formation must determine when a vehicle is lost and what to do if a vehicle returns after being declared lost. To address these problems, fuzzy logic was used to determine when an AUV should be replaced, and a logic structure was developed to insert returning AUVs. Computer simulations showed that the logics increased the defined performance index by about 70% over the baseline case.

Copyright © 2005 by ASME
Topics: Vehicles



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