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Distributed Source Seeking without Global Position Information

Ruggero Fabbiano 1 Federica Garin 1 Carlos Canudas de Wit 1
1 NECS - Networked Controlled Systems
GIPSA-DA - Département Automatique, Inria Grenoble - Rhône-Alpes
Abstract : We present a distributed control law to steer a group of autonomous communicating sensors towards the source of a diffusion process. The graph describing the communication links between sensors has a time-invariant topology, and each sensor is able to measure (in addition to the quantity of interest) only the relative bearing angle with respect to its neighbour, but has no absolute position information and does not know any relative distance. Using multiple sensors is useful in wide environments (e.g., under the sea), or when the function describing the diffusion process is slowly changing in space, so that a single sensor may have to travel long distances before having a good gradient estimation. Our approach is based on a twofold control law, which is able to bring and keep the set of sensors on a circular equispaced formation, and to steer the circular formation towards the source via a gradient-ascent technique. The effectiveness of the proposed algorithm is both theoretically proven and supported by simulation results.
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Ruggero Fabbiano, Federica Garin, Carlos Canudas de Wit. Distributed Source Seeking without Global Position Information. IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems, IEEE, 2018, 5 (1), pp.228-238. ⟨10.1109/TCNS.2016.2594493⟩. ⟨hal-01354294⟩



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