Multi-robot Coordination with Agent-Server Architecture for Autonomous Navigation in Partially Unknown Environments
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In this work, we present a system architecture to enable autonomous navigation of multiple agents across user-selected global interest points in a partially unknown environment. The system is composed of a server and a team of agents, here small aircrafts. Leveraging this architecture, computationally demanding tasks, such as global dense mapping and global path planning can be outsourced to a potentially powerful central server, limiting the onboard computation for each agent to local pose estimation using Visual-Inertial Odometry (VIO) and local path planning for obstacle avoidance. By assigning priorities to the agents, we propose a hierarchical multi-robot global planning pipeline, which avoids collisions amongst the agents and computes their paths towards the respective goals. The resulting global paths are communicated to the agents and serve as reference input to the local planner running onboard each agent. In contrast to previous works, here we relax the common assumption of a previously mapped environment and perfect knowledge about the state, and we show the effectiveness of the proposed approach in photo-realistic simulations with up to four agents operating in an industrial environment. Show more
Book title2020 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS)
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SubjectMulti-Robot System; Robotics
Organisational unit09559 - Chli, Margarita (SNF-Professur) / Chli, Margarita (SNF-Professur)
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NotesConference lecture held on October 26, 2020. Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) the conference was conducted virtually.
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