This chapter is concerned with the development of collaborative control schemes for mobile ground robots for area coverage purposes. The simplest scheme assumes point omnidirectional robots with heterogeneous circular sensing patterns. Using information from their spatial neighbors, each robot (agent) computes its cell relying on the power diagram partitioning. If there is uncertainty in inferring the locations of these robots, the Additively Weighted Guaranteed Voronoi scheme is employed resulting in a rather conservative performance. The aforementioned schemes are enhanced by using a Voronoi-free coverage scheme that relies on the knowledge of any arbitrary sensing pattern employed by the agents. Experimental results are offered to highlight the efficiency of the suggested control laws.
Part of the book: Applications of Mobile Robots