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Special Issue "Multiagent Systems, Learning and Their Applications to Robotic (Mobile, Aerial, Underwater, Industrial and Medical) Systems"

A special issue of Sensors (ISSN 1424-8220). This special issue belongs to the section "Physical Sensors".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2022) | Viewed by 3876

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Shafiqul Islam
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Intelligent Robotics, Mechatronics and Autonomous Systems LabDepartment of Computer Science and Engineering, Xavier University of Louisiana, NCF-235 Academic Science Complex,1 Drexel Drive, New Orleans, LA 70125, USA
Interests: machine learning for autonomous multi-vehicles (aerial, ground, underwater)/robotics (medical, industrial) network systems; collaborative learning control and manipulation for cyber-physical systems; intelligent robotics; mechatronics and unmanned vehicles

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to inform you that the Special Issue of the open-access journal Sensors (ISSN 1424-8220, IF 3.275) entitled “Multiagent Systems, Learning and Their Applications to Robotic (Mobile, Aerial, Underwater, Industrial and Medical) Systems” is accepting contributions.

In recent years, multi-agent systems have received a great deal of attention from researchers in different disciplines far beyond computer science and artificial intelligence communities. This is because multi-agent systems can be used to solve complex problems in various fields that are difficult or impossible for single agents or systems.

The goal in Special Issue in the "Physical" section is to gather novel contributions on multiagent systems, learning and their applications to mobile, aerial, underwater, industrial and medical robotic systems. This Special Issue will focus on identification, modeling, coordination, control and machine-learning methods for robotic systems with the presence of uncertainty. Manuscripts specifically addressing the theoretical, experimental/practical and technological aspects of identification, modeling, cooperation/synchronization, control and learning techniques for robotic systems and extending the concepts and methodologies from classical methods to advanced robust methods with the presence of uncertainty will be highly desirable for this Issue. The possible topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Multi-agent reconfigurable robotics;
  • Multi-agent swarm robotics, multi-agent leader–follower robotics; 
  • Multi-agent robot localization, mapping and exploration;
  • Multi-agent robot motion coordination;
  • Multi-agent robot architectures and task planning;
  • Multi-agent robot control mechanisms and multi-agent robot learning;
  • Multi-agent robot object grasping, transportation and manipulation.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Prof. Dr. Shafiqul Islam
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • Intelligent robotic agents
  • Multi-agent robotic systems
  • Modeling, identification and multi-agent autonomous learning
  • Distribution, cooperation and machine learning
  • Architecture and task planning
  • Communication, interaction and applications

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Dynamics and Control of a Magnetic Transducer Array Using Multi-Physics Models and Artificial Neural Networks
Sensors 2021, 21(20), 6788; https://doi.org/10.3390/s21206788 - 13 Oct 2021
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A linear mechanical oscillator is non-linearly coupled with an electromagnet and its driving circuit through a magnetic field. The resulting non-linear dynamics are investigated using magnetic circuit approximations without major loss of accuracy and in the interest of brevity. Different computational approaches to [...] Read more.
A linear mechanical oscillator is non-linearly coupled with an electromagnet and its driving circuit through a magnetic field. The resulting non-linear dynamics are investigated using magnetic circuit approximations without major loss of accuracy and in the interest of brevity. Different computational approaches to simulate the setup in terms of dynamical system response and design parameters optimization are pursued. A current source operating in baseband without modulation directly feeds the electromagnet, which consists commonly of a solenoid and a horseshoe-shaped core. The electromagnet is then magnetically coupled to a mass made of soft magnetic material and attached to a spring with damping. The non-linear system is described by a linearized steady-space representation while is examined for controllability and observability. A controller using a pole placement approach is built to stabilize the element. Drawing upon the fact that coupling works both ways, enabling estimation of the mass position and velocity (state variables) by processing the induced voltage across the electromagnet, a state observer is constructed. Accurate and fast tracking of the state variables, along with the possibility of driving more than one module from the same source using modulation, proves the applicability of the electro-magneto-mechanical transducer for sensor applications. Next, a three-layer feed-forward artificial neural network (ANN) system equivalent was trained using the non-linear plant-linear controller-linear observer configuration. Simulations to investigate the robustness of the system with respect to different equilibrium points and input currents were carried out. The ANN proved robust with respect to position accuracy. Full article
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Reinforcement-Learning-Based Route Generation for Heavy-Traffic Autonomous Mobile Robot Systems
Sensors 2021, 21(14), 4809; https://doi.org/10.3390/s21144809 - 14 Jul 2021
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Autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) are increasingly used in modern intralogistics systems as complexity and performance requirements become more stringent. One way to increase performance is to improve the operation and cooperation of multiple robots in their shared environment. The paper addresses these problems [...] Read more.
Autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) are increasingly used in modern intralogistics systems as complexity and performance requirements become more stringent. One way to increase performance is to improve the operation and cooperation of multiple robots in their shared environment. The paper addresses these problems with a method for off-line route planning and on-line route execution. In the proposed approach, pre-computation of routes for frequent pick-up and drop-off locations limits the movements of AMRs to avoid conflict situations between them. The paper proposes a reinforcement learning approach where an agent builds the routes on a given layout while being rewarded according to different criteria based on the desired characteristics of the system. The results show that the proposed approach performs better in terms of throughput and reliability than the commonly used shortest-path-based approach for a large number of AMRs operating in the system. The use of the proposed approach is recommended when the need for high throughput requires the operation of a relatively large number of AMRs in relation to the size of the space in which the robots operate. Full article
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