- Zavlanos, Michael M. and Pappas, George J., Potential fields for maintaining connectivity of mobile networks,
IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON ROBOTICS, vol. 23 no. 4
pp. 812--816 [doi] .
(last updated on 2012/08/03)
The control of mobile networks of multiple agents raises fundamental and novel problems in controlling the structure of the resulting dynamic. graphs. In this paper, we consider the problem of controlling a network of agents so that the resulting motion always preserves the connectivity property of the network. In particular, the connectivity condition is translated to differentiable constraints on individual agent motion by considering the dynamics of the Laplacian matrix and its spectral properties. Artificial potential fields are then used to drive the agents to configurations away from the undesired space of disconnected networks while avoiding collisions with each other. We conclude by illustrating a class of interesting problems that can be achieved while preserving connectivity constraints.