An Overview of Recent Advances in Coordinated Control of Multiple Autonomous Surface Vehicles

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Author(s)

  • Zhouhua Peng
  • Jun Wang
  • Dan Wang
  • Qing-Long Han

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Article number9123685
Pages (from-to)732-745
Journal / PublicationIEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics
Volume17
Issue number2
Online published23 Jun 2020
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2021

Abstract

Autonomous surface vehicles (ASVs) are marine vessels capable of performing various marine operations without a crew in a variety of cluttered and hostile water/ocean environments. For complex missions, there are increasing needs for deploying a fleet of ASVs instead of a single one to complete difficult tasks. Cooperative operations with a fleet of ASVs offer great advantages with enhanced capability and efficacy. Despite various application potentials, coordinated motion control of ASVs pose great challenges due to the multiplicity of ASVs, complexity of intravehicle interactions and fleet formation with collision avoidance requirements, and scarcity of communication bandwidths in sea environments. Coordinated control of multiple ASVs has received considerable attention in the last decade. This article provides an overview of recent advances in coordinated control of multiple ASVs. First, some challenging issues and scenarios in motion control of ASVs are presented. Next, coordinated control architecture and methods of multiple ASVs are briefly discussed. Then, recent results on trajectory-guided, path-guided, and target-guided coordinated control of multiple ASVs are reviewed in detail. Finally, several theoretical and technical issues are suggested to direct future investigations including network-based coordination, event-triggered coordination, collision-free coordination, optimization-based coordination, data-driven coordination of ASVs, and task-region-oriented coordination of multiple ASVs and autonomous underwater vehicles.

Research Area(s)

  • Autonomous surface vehicles (ASVs), coordinated control, formation control

Citation Format(s)

An Overview of Recent Advances in Coordinated Control of Multiple Autonomous Surface Vehicles. / Peng, Zhouhua; Wang, Jun; Wang, Dan et al.
In: IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, Vol. 17, No. 2, 9123685, 02.2021, p. 732-745.

Research output: Journal Publications and ReviewsRGC 21 - Publication in refereed journalpeer-review