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Pull-Based Distributed Event-Triggered Circle Formation Control for Multi-Agent Systems with Directed Topologies

by Peng Xu 1, Hongfa Zhao 1, Guangming Xie 1,3, Jin Tao 2,3,* and Minyi Xu 1,*
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Marine Engineering College, Dalian Maritime University, Dalian 116026, China
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Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation, Aalto University, 02150 Espoo, Finland
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College of Engineering, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China
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Appl. Sci. 2019, 9(23), 4995; https://doi.org/10.3390/app9234995
Received: 25 October 2019 / Revised: 15 November 2019 / Accepted: 16 November 2019 / Published: 20 November 2019
(This article belongs to the Collection Advances in Automation and Robotics)
This paper investigates a circle formation control problem for multi-agent systems with directed topologies via pull-based distributed event-triggered control principles. Firstly, for scenarios of continuous communication, a pull-based distributed event-triggered principle is proposed. It is proved that if the communication topology is irreducible and has a directed spanning tree, the event-triggered coupling continuous communication can lead multiple agents to form a desired circle formation. Then, the results are extended to discontinuous communication scenarios, where all the agents use a model of their neighborhoods to generate self-triggered instants without monitoring continuously, update the local controller here, and if necessary, local broadcast information based on the adopted control inputs to neighboring agents. In addition, Zeno behavior can be excluded during the whole process. Finally, numerical simulation results are given to demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed circle formation control methods. View Full-Text
Keywords: circle formation control; multi-agent systems; directed topology; pull-based event-triggered; self-triggered; discontinuous communication circle formation control; multi-agent systems; directed topology; pull-based event-triggered; self-triggered; discontinuous communication
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Xu, P.; Zhao, H.; Xie, G.; Tao, J.; Xu, M. Pull-Based Distributed Event-Triggered Circle Formation Control for Multi-Agent Systems with Directed Topologies. Appl. Sci. 2019, 9, 4995.

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