Herding stochastic autonomous agents via local control rules and online global target selection strategies

Fabrizia Auletta, Davide Fiore, Michael J. Richardson, Mario di Bernardo

In this Letter we propose a simple yet effective set of local control rules to make a group of herder agents collect and contain in a desired region an ensemble of non-cooperative stochastic target agents in the plane. We investigate the robustness of the proposed strategies to variations of the number of target agents and the strength of the repulsive force they feel when in proximity of the herders. Extensive numerical simulations confirm the effectiveness of the approach and are complemented by a more realistic validation on commercially available robotic agents via ROS.

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