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Bearing-Compass Formation Control: A Human-Swarm Interaction Perspective

Eric Schoof, Airlie Chapman, Mehran Mesbahi

Proceedings of the ... American Control Conference. American Control Conference | IEEE | Published : 2014


The paper considers the distributed formation control problem given bearing-only sensing of nearby agents with respect to a global vector frame, provided by a compass. We propose a bearing-compass control law and prove its convergence to a formation that is unique up to translation and scaling. We present results that describe the formation's evolution in terms useful to a human operator, focusing on scale, translation and rotation of the formation. The results are supported with a number of illustrative examples. © 2014 American Automatic Control Council.