Controllability of Formation Systems on Special Orthogonal Groups over Directed Graphs Public Deposited

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  • Gradient flows provide a means for a networked formation system to reach and stabilize at a target configuration. However, the decentralization  constraints and the geometry of the state space makes the appearance of stable but undesired configurations inevitable. The presence of these  undesired stable configurations precludes global  convergence to the target configuration. In this paper, we address the issue by considering a  controlled formation system on special orthogonal  groups over a directed graph. Agents of the system are tasked with stabilizing from others at target  relative attitudes. The nominal dynamics of the agents are gradient flows of certain potential functions. These functions are parameter dependent, pretuned by the controller. To prevent the formation system from being trapped at an undesired configuration, we formulate and address the problem of whether the controller can steer the system from any configuration to any other configuration by retuning, on the fly, the parameters of the potential functions. We show that the answer is affirmative provided that the underlying graph is rooted with a single root node being fully actuated. We formulate the result as a main theorem and provide a complete proof of the result.

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  • 2021-01-08
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  • 2021-01-21
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