A Multi-Agent System for Autonomous Adaptive Control of a Flapping-Wing Micro Air Vehicle

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2015 IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence

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Intelligent agents (Computer software), Intelligent control systems, Multiagent systems, Adaptive control systems


Biomimetic flapping wing vehicles have attracted recent interest because of their numerous potential military and civilian applications. In this paper we describe the design of a multi-agent adaptive controller for such a vehicle. This controller is responsible for estimating the vehicle pose (position and orientation) and then generating four parameters needed for split-cycle control of wing movements to correct pose errors. These parameters are produced via a subsumption architecture rule base. The control strategy is fault tolerant. Using an online learning process an agent continuously monitors the vehicle's behavior and initiates diagnostics if the behavior has degraded. This agent can then autonomously adapt the rule base if necessary. Each rule base is constructed using a combination of extrinsic and intrinsic evolution. Details on the vehicle, the multi-agent system architecture, agent task scheduling, rule base design, and vehicle control are provided.


Paper presented at IEEE Symposium on Computational Intelligence, held Dec. 7-10, 2015, in Cape Town, South Africa, and published in its Symposium Series. © Copyright 2016 IEEE - All rights reserved.

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Researchers can access the work here: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/SSCI.2015.154



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