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A Scalable Distributed Collision Avoidance Scheme for Multi-agent UAV systems

Publicerad: 14 november 2021

Björn Lindqvist, Pantelis Sopasakis and George Nikolakopoulos

International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) 2021

In this article we propose a distributed collision avoidance scheme for multi-agent unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) based on nonlinear model predictive control (NMPC), where other agents in the system are considered as dynamic obstacles with respect to the ego agent. Our control scheme operates at a low level and commands roll, pitch and thrust signals at a high frequency,
each agent broadcasts its predicted trajectory to the other ones, and we propose an obstacle prioritization scheme based on the shared trajectories to allow up-scaling of the system. The NMPC problem is solved using an embedded solver generated by Optimization Engine (OpEn) where PANOC is combined with an augmented Lagrangian method to compute collision-free trajectories. We evaluate the proposed scheme in several challenging laboratory experiments for up to ten aerial agents, in dense aerial swarms.