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Decision methods for non-tethered deep space interferometry

Lincoln, N. and Veres, S. (2011) Decision methods for non-tethered deep space interferometry At 18th World Congress of the International Federation of Automatic Control, Italy. 28 Aug - 02 Sep 2011.

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This paper examines decision methods applied to a distributed system that must operate collaboratively
to achieve a common objective and tolerate partial system failure, necessitating structural reorganization.
The problem addressed is controlled and cooperative action of multiple physical agents in a space
environment, tasked with forming an interferometer, maximizing the interferometer lifetime by staged
placement of resources and maintaining optimality in the presence of individual agent failures. Whilst
a seemingly niche application, the methods developed and analyzed are equally valid for any multiplephysical
agent system such as UAVs or AUVs. Centralized optimization methods will be applied to form
decisions in addition to a distributed contract-net like decision method, wherein an auction system is
adopted to form group decisions. These methods are investigated for the practicality of applying such
methods to an engineering system.

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Published date: 31 August 2011
Venue - Dates: 18th World Congress of the International Federation of Automatic Control, Italy, 2011-08-28 - 2011-09-02
Organisations: Faculty of Engineering and the Environment


Local EPrints ID: 203409
ISBN: 9781618391223
PURE UUID: b4894d94-1db0-4553-8669-4716bf68e381

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Date deposited: 16 Nov 2011 15:33
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 11:08

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Author: N. Lincoln
Author: S. Veres

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