Decentralized overlapping control of a formation of unmanned aerial vehicles

Dušn M. Stipanović, Gökhan Inalhan, Rodney Teo, Claire J. Tomlin

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Decentralized overlapping feedback laws are designed for a formation of unmanned aerial vehicles. The dynamic model of the formation with an information structure constraint in which each vehicle, except the leader, only detects the vehicle directly in front of it, is treated as an interconnected system with overlapping subsystems. Using the mathematical framework of the inclusion principle, the interconnected system is expanded into a higher dimensional space in which the subsystems appear to be disjoint. Then, at each subsystem, a static state feedback controller is designed to robustly stabilize the perturbed nominal dynamics of the subsystem. The design procedure is based on the application of convex optimization tools involving linear matrix inequalities. As a final step, the decentralized controllers are contracted back to the original interconnected system for implementation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1285-1296
Number of pages12
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Decentralized control
  • Information flows
  • Large-scale systems
  • Reliability
  • Robustness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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