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On the Stability of Swarm Consensus Under Noisy Control

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Bruce Rogers, Gregory K. Fricke, Devendra P. Garg

Duke University, Durham, NC

Paper No. DSCC2011-6061, pp. 291-298; 8 pages
  • ASME 2011 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference and Bath/ASME Symposium on Fluid Power and Motion Control
  • ASME 2011 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference and Bath/ASME Symposium on Fluid Power and Motion Control, Volume 1
  • Arlington, Virginia, USA, October 31–November 2, 2011
  • Conference Sponsors: Dynamic Systems and Control Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5475-4
  • Copyright © 2011 by ASME


Representation of a swarm of independent robotic agents under graph-theoretic constructs allows for more formal analysis of convergence properties. We consider the local and global convergence behavior of an N-member swarm of agents in a modified consensus problem wherein the connectivity of agents is governed by probabilistic functions. The addition of a random walk control ensures ε-stability of the swarm consensus. Simulation results are given to show the rate of convergence to consensus and planned experiments are described.

Copyright © 2011 by ASME
Topics: Stability



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