Control of multivehicle systems in the presence of uncertain dynamics

Tansel Yucelen, Eric N. Johnson

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In this paper, we present a cooperative control architecture for high-order multivehicle systems having non-identical nonlinear uncertain dynamics. The proposed methodology consists of a local cooperative controller and a vehicle-level controller for each vehicle. The former controller receives the relative output measurements of the neighbouring vehicles in order to solve a containment problem formulated on a leader-follower framework. Specifically, the leaders generate trajectories in which the vehicles (followers) converge to the convex hull formed by those of the leaders. For a special case with one leader, this controller synchronises the output of the vehicles with the output of the leader. The latter controller receives the internal-state measurements for suppressing the nonlinear uncertain dynamics of the vehicle by using a decentralised adaptive control approach. The interaction topology between vehicles is described by undirected graphs and extensions to directed graphs are further discussed. The stability and convergence properties of the proposed cooperative control architecture are analysed by using the results from linear algebra and the Lyapunov theory. Several numerical examples are provided to demonstrate the efficacy of the proposed cooperative control architecture.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1540-1553
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Control
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications


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