IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, Vol.64, No.11, 4541-4554, 2019
Bearing-Only Formation Tracking Control of Multiagent Systems
This paper studies the problem of bearing-only formation control of multiagent systems, where the control of each agent merely relies on the relative bearings to its neighbors. Although this problem has received increasing research attention recently, it is still unsolved to a large extent due to its highly nonlinear dynamics. In particular, the existing control approaches are only able to solve the simplest scenario where the target formation is stationary and each agent is modeled as a single integrator. The main contribution of this paper is to propose new bearing-only formation control laws to 1) track moving target formations and 2) handle a variety of agent models including single-integrator, double-integrator, and unicycle models. These control laws are an important step towards the application of bearing-only formation control in practical tasks. Both numerical simulation and real experimental results are presented to verify the effectiveness of the theoretical results.