Connectivity guaranteed migration and tracking of multi-agent flocks

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In this paper, we study the control strategy for connectivity guaranteed migration and trajectory tracking for multi-agent groups using artificial potential field (APF) based approach. Some agents, called active agents (AAs), that are attracted by the reference point (modeled as the virtual leader) lead the rest of the group to perform the tasks. An AA switching rule and the coupled flocking controller are proposed to realize the velocity consensus, inter-agent collision avoidance and joint connectivity of the group. Further, we show a geometric characterization and a stronger connectivity result of the group by the proposed controller under an additional assumption.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2008 American Control Conference, ACC
Number of pages6
StatePublished - Sep 30 2008
Event2008 American Control Conference, ACC - Seattle, WA, United States
Duration: Jun 11 2008Jun 13 2008

Publication series

NameProceedings of the American Control Conference
ISSN (Print)0743-1619


Other2008 American Control Conference, ACC
CountryUnited States
CitySeattle, WA


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Cite this

Li, Q., & Jiang, Z. P. (2008). Connectivity guaranteed migration and tracking of multi-agent flocks. In 2008 American Control Conference, ACC (pp. 141-146). [4586481] (Proceedings of the American Control Conference).