Task allocation in dynamic networks of satellites

Van Der Horst, Johannes and Noble, Jason (2011) Task allocation in dynamic networks of satellites. At IJCAI Workshop on Artificial Intelligence in Space, Barcelona, Spain,


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The management of distributed satellite systems requires the coordination of a large number of heterogeneous spacecraft. Task allocation in such a system is complicated by limited communication and individual satellite dynamics. Previous work has shown that task allocation using a market-based mechanism can provide scalable and efficient management of static networks; in this paper we extend this work to determine the impact of dynamic topologies. We develop a Keplerian mobility model to describe the topology of the communication network over time. This movement model is then used in simulation to show that the task allocation mechanism does not show a significant decrease in effectiveness from the static case, reflecting the suitability distributed market-based control to the highly dynamic environment.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Additional Information: Event Dates: 17 July 2011
Keywords: task allocation, market-based control, distributed satellite systems
Divisions : Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering > Electronics and Computer Science > Agents, Interactions & Complexity
ePrint ID: 272729
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July 2011Published
Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2011 10:54
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 14:21
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URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/272729

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